BIO of ROCKIE DAN
Rodney Blackman, better known under the alias of Rockie Dan, sees reggae music with his Eyes for the Future as lead singer in his new band. The band expands the sound of reggae music with a new CD full of original songs set for release this fall. "Talk About Love" and "Make Hay" are two new songs that are getting airplay regularly on WKCR 89.9 FM on the Saturday morning reggae show and on the Sunday morning reggae show hosted by Jeff Sarge on WFMU 91.1 FM in the New York City area, and 90.1 FM in the Hudson Valley. The songs revolve around melody, rhythm, love and spirituality.
The band is made up of a diverse group of musicians that all currently live in New York City and have roots in the reggae and music community.
Rockie Dan, originally from Guyana, currently lives in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Adwen Moore (Chubby) also originally from Guyana and currently residing in Brooklyn is on the keyboards. Rods Desiree on bass guitar, originally from Dominica, now lives in Brooklyn. Keithroy Jackson (Kicker) living in Queens and originally from Antigua keeps the beat on the full drum-kit. Also from Antigua and currently making his home in Brooklyn is Leroy Tonge on rhythm guitar. Iawatta Hammha Selassie from Guyana and Vince Hunter from the Bronx both share with lead guitar responsibilities. Iawatta also fills-in with keyboard riffs. Richie Phillips, from Manhattan, plays sax, and arranges horn charts. Nate Birkey, recording artist, from Los Angeles plays trumpet and Vincent Lebrun originally from Belgium (now a Brooklyn resident) is on trombone. Venise Maybanks from Jamaica (now living in Queens) and Janet Alleyne from Trinidad (now in Brooklyn) are the back-up vocalists behind Rockie Dan.
Rockie Dan, Leroy Tonge and Richie Phillips have written the songs for the band.
Let the music touch your soul and the reggae will rock and roll!