Luciano Biography & News
Luciano releases milestone album
Reggae veteran Luciano is still churning out tunes. In fact, he celebrated the release of his 20th studio album, "The Qabalah Man," in the fall of 2013.
This milestone recording, a long-awaited album for his fans, featured 14 tracks, lead by "On Create Our History," and hit stores on November 29, 2013 under VPAL Records.
"What the people need is spirituality through positive messages and that's what Luciano and reggae is all about," Luciano said about the album at the time of its release.
There were a number of big names making guest appearances on the album, including pioneer deejay U Roy, Mark Wonder (on the song "So Long"), and singer Ziggy Recado (on "Organise"). Many of the cuts were produced by Anthony Senior, the man behind Junior Kelly's last album, "Piece of the Pie." Luciano and veteran producer Cedrica 'Soljie' Hamilton worked as producers.
Luciano had been unable to travel to the US and had put music on the back burner for almost three years after his visa was canceled. Without going into further details, he has said a March 2009 incident in which a wanted man was killed at Luciano's St. Andrew home blemished his image as a spiritual leader.
Luciano is slated to perform at the upcoming Reggae Unites Festival in Malawi on March 29, 2015. According to South Africa based Afrikan, the show is expected to start at 10am.
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Luciano, aka Jepther McClymont, is a Jamaican roots reggae artist and poet whose career has spanned some two decades and counting.
The seventh of nine children and born into a musical family growing up in the central parish of Manchester, Jamaica, Luciano took a jump into the business when he began recording in 1992. His first single, "Ebony and Ivory" was the precursor to his debut album "Moving Up," which bowed the following year.
Known for songs that reflected both his religious and social concerns, Luciano scored a No. 1 reggae hit in the UK with the song "Shake It Up Tonight," beginning a rise to prominence in the mid 1990's. The album "Where There is Life" climbed the charts behind the hits "It's Me Again Jah" and "Who Could It Be," and the follow-up album entitled "Messenger" gave Luciano his enduring nickname.
With some 19 albums under his belt, Luciano has been heralded by his peers and his fans. He was nominated for Best Reggae Album at the 2002 Grammys, and in 2007 was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer, for his contribution to reggae music. Two years later he paid his respects to the late Michael Jackson by releasing a reggae tribute of Jackson's "We are the World" on Lioni Records.
In 2010, Luciano was reportedly given a tract of land for permanent residence in the Gambia. He had first performed in the country in 20011, and had stated his desire to eventually reside in Africa.
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date city state venue 03/25/2015 Miami Beach FL Hyde Beach 03/25/2015 Miami Beach FL Trade 03/11/2015 Washington DC Howard Theatre 03/10/2015 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 03/07/2015 Newport KY The Thompson House 03/06/2015 London Tobacco Dock 03/06/2015 Columbus OH Alrosa Villa 02/07/2015 Santa Cruz CA The Catalyst 02/06/2015 Toronto ON Maison Mercer 01/18/2015 Miami Beach FL Story Nightclub 01/17/2015 New York NY Space Ibiza New York 01/15/2015 Playa del Carmen Quintana Roo Mamita'S Beach Club
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date city state venue 07/12/2014 Riccione RN Cocorico 07/12/2014 Toronto ON Sound Academy 07/08/2014 Minneapolis MN Cabooze 07/05/2014 Columbus OH Alrosa Villa 07/04/2014 Zurich ZH Hallenstadion 07/02/2014 Norfolk VA The Norva 06/28/2014 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 06/26/2014 New Haven CT Toad's Place 06/25/2014 Washington DC Howard Theatre 06/22/2014 Stowe VT Rusty Nail 06/20/2014 Denver CO Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 06/19/2014 Fairfax CA 19 Broadway 06/18/2014 San Francisco CA The Independent 06/17/2014 Santa Cruz CA The Catalyst 06/06/2014 Seattle WA Neumos 06/05/2014 Portland OR Mt. Tabor Theater 03/28/2014 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/28/2014 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park
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date city state venue 12/31/2013 Miami Beach FL Story Nightclub 12/20/2013 Antwerp Van Petrol 12/05/2013 Miami Beach FL LIV Nightclub 11/14/2013 Paris Electric 10/31/2013 New York NY Cipriani 10/16/2013 Amsterdam Gashouder 08/03/2013 Newark NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center 08/02/2013 New York NY Hammerstein Ballroom 07/26/2013 Miami Beach FL LIV Nightclub 07/23/2013 Raleigh NC Lincoln Theatre 07/20/2013 Philadelphia PA Trocadero Theatre 07/19/2013 Saratoga Springs NY Putnam Den 07/18/2013 Burlington VT Club Metronome 07/16/2013 Providence RI Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel 07/13/2013 Poughkeepsie NY The Chance 07/10/2013 New York NY B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 07/06/2013 Columbus OH Alrosa Villa 06/30/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 06/29/2013 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 06/29/2013 Englewood CO Gothic Theatre 06/22/2013 Liverpool Liverpool St George's Hall 06/15/2013 Las Vegas NV Government Amphitheater 06/11/2013 San Francisco CA The Independent 04/19/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 04/12/2013 Indio CA Empire Polo Field 03/23/2013 Miami Beach FL Story Nightclub 03/22/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/22/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/15/2013 Miami FL Klipsch Amphitheatre At Bayfront Park 03/14/2013 Bologna BO Estragon 03/08/2013 Crans VS Caprices Festival 02/23/2013 Basel BS Nordstern 02/14/2013 Chico CA El Rey Theatre 01/12/2013 Sao Paulo SP Credicard Hall 01/11/2013 Sao Paulo SP Credicard Hall 01/05/2013 Punta del Este MA Jaguel Airport
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date city state venue 12/08/2012 Belo Horizonte MG Chevrolet Hall 11/17/2012 Bucharest B Sala Polivalenta - parcare 11/09/2012 Oakland CA The New Parish 11/02/2012 Rochester NY Water Street Music Hall 09/23/2012 Ibiza 07 Pacha 09/20/2012 Ibiza 07 Ushuaia Beah Hotel 09/13/2012 Ibiza 07 Ushuaia Beah Hotel 09/03/2012 Miami Beach FL LIV Nightclub 08/31/2012 New York NY Randalls Island 07/14/2012 Atlanta GA Atlanta Civic Center 07/06/2012 Orlando FL The Social