Papafish, a local band based in Northridge with roots in the Santa Clarita Valley, have a chance to record with Stephen Marley at the world-renowned Tuff Gong Studios founded by reggae legend Bob Marley.
Papafish members Nancy Rae (vocals), Greg Menjivar (Guitar), Jason Fragoso (Drums), Tony Sangiacomo (Sax/Keys), Dante Chocano (Bass) and Seth Perez (Percussion) began jamming in the dorms at California State University Northridge in 2010 and haven’t stopped.
Playing a number of shows throughout California, Papafish have been frequent visitors to the Santa Clarita Valley.
“Growing up in Santa Clarita, and now playing shows here, really make it all the more special when we get the support that we have,” guitarist Menjivar said. “Playing in Santa Clarita is really great — it’s a homecoming and the people seem to gravitate to the music really well.”
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Earlier this year, Papafish won the Marley’s Mellow Mood contest, which gave them an opportunity to play in Northern California at the California Roots Festival headlined by Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution and Matisyahu.
Through social media, Papafish fans were able to get the band onto the stage and a chance to play in front of thousands.
“After that great experience we found out of another contest called Marley’s Music Uprising,” Menjivar said. “We decided to submit our stuff and give it a shot.”
Hundreds of bands submitted material to make the final top 25 of the Marley’s Music Uprising Band Search presented by Marley’s Mellow Mood and Sonicbids.
One of those 25 slots would belong to Papafish,and they have put everything they have to make this happen, Menjivar said.
The finalists will be voted on by the fans with the winner to have a chance at recording at the famous Tuff Gong Studios in Jamaica with Stephen Marley.
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“Even more than just being able to record at Tuff Gong, which is great by itself,” Menjivar said. “We get a chance to be in touch with reggae and experience everything Bob Marley, Kingstown, Trench town and get to the roots of the music.”
For Papafish, “a ska band that tripped over rock (music) and face-planted into reggae”, a trip to Jamaica is more than the music, which is a philosophy that legend Bob Marley shared.
Voting ends on August 26 at 3 p.m., for your chance to vote and send Papafish to Jamaica go to http://marley.sonicbids.com/artist/papafish/vote/.
For more information about the Marley’s Music Uprising Band Search, click here.
Source: Santa Clarita News