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Midnite is a roots reggae band hailing from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which has been playing since 1989. The band's music follows in tradition with the reggae bands of 1970s Jamaica. The lyrical portions of Midnite's compositions are characterized as the "chant and call" style which gives their music a spiritually intense and an overtly Rastafari feel. The lyrics are centrally focused on the plights of the oppressed Afrikans, the inherent faults of the current political, economic and social settings on a global scale, and the redemption available to mankind through a life dedicated to Jah Rastafari.
Lead singer Vaughn Benjamin's electrifying voice seems an amalgamation of many great voices in reggae-soulful, chanting, edgy. Vaughn's potent lyrical style and his brother Ron Benjamin's exquisite production, vocals, dub, arrangements, keyboard & bass musical arragements form the nucleus of this musical - rootsy heavy sound, which includes: Christian Molina (drums), Edmund Fieulleteau (guitar), Edwin Byron (guitar) and Ras L (keyboards).
Midnite weaves the cultural lyrics of "old school" roots music with modern day experiences to create a unique listening encounter. Roots Reggae - naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements.
"Unpolished" is the title of their debut album which includes such classics as "Don't Move", "Mama Africa", and "Love the Life You Live". Originally released in 1997, while the band was located in Washington, DC.
In September 2011, Midnite released their first professionally produced music video for their song "Mongst I&I". The video features members of the band in casual settings and depicts the rastafarian culture in Frederiksted, United States Virgin Islands (referred to as "Freedom City," St. Croix), and Kingston, Jamaica.
Midnite & I Grade collaboration
Midnite & Branch I collaboration
Midnite & Mystic Vision collaboration
Midnite & Ras L collaboration
Midnite & Groundbreaking collaboration
Midnite & Lion Tribe/Fifthson collaboration
Midnite & Desmond Williams collaboration
Midnite & Rastar collaboration
Midnite & Higher Bound Prod collaboration
Midnite & Iaahden Sounds collaboration
Midnite & Lustre Kings collaboration
Midnite & Natural Vibes collaboration
Midnite & Youssoupha Sidibe collaboration
Midnite & Various artists collaboration