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Midnite is a crucial roots reggae band hailing from St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.

The band’s music follows in tradition with the legendary roots 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 overtly Rastafarian feel. The lyrics are centrally focused on the plights of the oppressed, the inherent faults of the current political, economic and social settings on a global scale, and the redemption available to humankind through a life livicated to Jah.

The band was started by brothers Vaughn (vocals) and Ron (keyboard) Benjamin, and has been playing since 1989. They recorded Ras Mek Peace (Before Reverb and Without Delay) while living in Washington, D.C. during the mid-90s. The album was named so, because it was reportedly recorded live in one room with only two microphones. It’s clarity and full sound is thus remarkable. Later, they returned home to St. Croix in the late ’90s to play with local musicians and record at their music studio, African Roots Lab.

Midnite frequently collaborates with new artists and has played as the back-up band on a number of African Roots Lab artists’ releases, such as Dezarie’s Fya and Ikahba’s Trodding to Zion.


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  • tut1981

    pur roots a voir absolument en live

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
  • majo334

    having really respect

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • astralprison

    Very good.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
  • at19broadway

    They say that it always feels good to go back to you where you came from, to your roots...and it will surely be a great experience to watch the premier roots reggae band hailing from the island of St Croix - Midnite, one of the most promising roots reggae bands of the millennium. They are vanguards of conscious reggae music who represent the King's and Queen's music to the fullness of Jah. They will perform LIVE! this coming Saturday March 23, 2013, 10pm at 19 Broadway and NightClub, 17 Broadway Blvd. Fairfax, Ca 94930 For tickets and more details, please go to Love the life you live! See you there!

    15 Mar 2013 Reply
  • arthurbrown

    amazing music...good vibes...a true music!

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • rbluem

    peak tension time

    17 May 2012 Reply
  • angelofJah15

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ras TA Fari

    5 Mar 2012 Reply
  • annahri

    Can't stop listening . . . some of the best music I've ever heard. They're amazing <3

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • annahri

    Seeing them at Neumos on April 21st in Seattle!!!! Can't WAIT!!!!!!

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • riddddim

    The very best reggae band worldwide for sure! Listen to that colours, feel the sunset over the ocean...

    20 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Real_Life_Sucks

    strange that I discover that only now.. but, however, very goo ! COME IN FRANCE please !

    22 Nov 2011 Reply
  • BruceMidd

    Ffffffffffffffffffffffffff intense

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ujahma

    Intense reggae!!!!

    21 Sep 2011 Reply
  • alienlac

    favourite reggae band ......brilliant......

    9 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Om_Nama

    stand-up band, great lyrics. bless.

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • blackpenorange

    midnite tops dem all. jah love

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • YagoboyI

    1 luv! big up! truth & Ight

    27 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Ebyak_Bratok

    Очень крутая команда!!!!

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • _Dumal_

    Seen them live yesterday, KEEP ON THE ROOTS! cheers MIDNITE!

    2 Nov 2010 Reply
  • LanFill

    nice tunes

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
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