Reggae comes of Age: Meta and The Cornerstones

A few weeks ago, my partners and I hosted a showcase at Sullivan Hall.

I wrote about it in one of my posts.

Anywho, it was a smashing success.

We had a large boisterous crowd who had come to see any one of the various acts that hit the stage, including the Haitian act Zing Experience, the international crew Radical Revolution, New York’s own Malik Work and The Real Live Show, or the headliner, Meta and The Cornerstones.

To be honest, with the exception of Meta, I had never heard any of the bands play live before.

So I wasn’t sure what the night had in store.

When the first act, Zing Experience, hit the stage, I knew we were on to something.

As this was my event, I played host, receiving guests as they arrived, and generally manning the entrance to the floor.

I hadn’t planned on watching the show (if you’ve seen one reggae act, you’ve seen them all).

As such, when Zing Experience started to play, I was completely overwhelmed by the banging set that they threw down.

Radical Revolution came behind them, and nearly had me abandoning my post (I’m lying. I left the door and had to get my groove on one time).

Malik Work changed up the flow and dropped some classic hip hop on the crowd and set the stage for Meta.

For those of you unfamiliar with Meta Dia, get familiar.

This young cat from Senegal is the absolute truth.

First of all, he’s one of the most humble cats you’re ever going to meet.

Next, he’s surrounded by some really exceptionally talented musicians, that gel together onstage.

And, he’s got competent management, who have taken their time to develop his brand (shout out to Kalab Berhane!)

But the coup de grace is his music.

This cat makes some really dope music.

But don’t take my word for it.

Check out video from the show, and judge for yourself. Click the image to watch the video.

Meta rocks onstage at Sullivan Hall.

Meta clearly has what it takes to be a superstar, and we’re betting that this kid goes far.

The goal of the Restless Media Presents series, is to showcase talent like Meta, but also to pay homage to the artists that paved the way.

For example, on Sunday, September 26, Restless Media Presents: Derrick Barnett and The Statement Band, with special guests, Marcia Davis and Outro, featuring Ed Robinson, Stephen Souza, Devon Jorge, Scepta, Jr Drean & Alrica.

Derrick Barnett is a remarkable reggae bassist that has thrilled audiences all over the world. We were able to pull some strings and get him to perform for our series, so it’s a night not to be missed.

AND he’s coming with a busload of his friends, to make the night extra special.

Restless Media Presents: Derrick Barnett & The Statement Band

So don’t miss it!

Note: The Restless Media Presents series, is my return to working with musicians. The series represents an opportunity for up-and-coming artists to play in a major NYC venue, and make a name for themselves. Artists with promise will receive residencies and fixed dates to play at Sullivan Hall through 2011.

If you’re an artist with a following and you think you’ve got what it takes to pack and rock the house, please send an email with your contact details to We’re booking dates for 2011. All genres considered. Serious artists only.

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