Rupert "Ojiji" Harvey, Lead vocals and guitar
Carl " Carlos Bandana" Harvey - Lead guitar and vocals - lead guitar player of Toots and the Maytals for over two decades
Charles " Tower" Sinclair - Bass
Hailie " Slyly" Yeates - Percussion and Keyboards
Orville " Wiz" Malcolm - Keyboards and Vocals
Robert "Hagar" Stephenson - Drums and Vocals
Drums: Donovan Black
Odel Johnson – Drums and vocals
With support from friends, Peter and Michael Rose, the record was released and doing well when the band was contacted by Warner Music Canada (WEA). Messenjah became the first Canadian reggae band to be signed by a major record label.
Rock You High was re-released on the WEA label in 1983 and for the first time reggae was played on the mainstream radio. In 1984 the band returned to California to record their second album titled Session this time supported by a major label. The title track Jam Session received significant air time and its music video received major attention on national television.
With several changes in the band's composition throughout the years (mostly drummers), Messenjah kept on touring and recording. In 1998 the band received the prestigious JUNO award for the CD titled Catch De Vibe.
There are some very exciting times ahead Messenjah with a brand new line up consisting of some of the players that were with them in the past years :
After a year of great success touring the university and college circit in 1982 Messenjah traveled to California to record their debut album titled Rock You High. They put it all on the line and made great sacrifices as this was an independent production.
The founding members are Rupert [Ojiji] Harvey (lead guitar and lead vocals), Errol [Skippah] Blackwood (bass guitar and lead vocals), Eric [Baby face] Walsh (rhythm guitar and vocals) and Ray [General] Ruddock (drums). Later Hal [Saint] Duggan joined the band on keyboard and vocals, which formed the core of the band. Hal Duggan played with the band for many years before becoming a solo artist. He currently lives in Jamaica and performs under the name: Lazah Current).
Messenjah is a progressive Roots Reggae band that was founded in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 1981.
-Rupert Ojiji Harvey - Rock you High and Session
-Carl Harvey - Cool Operator and Rock and Sway
-Orville Wiz Malcolm - Catch de vibe
-Charles Tower Sinclair - Catch de vibe
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