From the rugged green mountains of Dominica a passionate manifestation
of Rastafari comes forward, It is the future of reggae. His name is
Nasio Fontaine and his music has the power to flow into your
consciousness and lift your energy. His voice has an unmistakable
resonance and his lyrics speak to all Jah children.
Nasio was the youngest of seven children born to a Carib Indian mother
and father of African descent, in the village of Carte-Bois. The family
lived in a one-room wooden country house without running water or
electricity. Before heading off to school, Nasio and his brothers and
sisters walked miles to the Gwiyo River to fetch fresh water for the
When he was eight years old, Nasio began singing in the Bagatelle school
and the village Catholic church. Nasio had a habit of making instruments
out of everything he could find. "My Dad, Atto, made my very first
instrument, a piece of board with fishing lines for strings; it meant
everything to me." According to the village residents, Nasio was often
the highlight of the annual school talent shows, and "a blessing to
Nasio's musical inspiration comes from Rastafari but on the earthly
plane, reggae greats such as Culture's Joseph Hill, Burning Spear, Jacob
Miller and of course Bob Marley. He is also influenced by Marvin Gaye,
the Beatles, Curtis Mayfield, and Dominican Cadence music, like Chubby
and the Midnight Groovers. He is very focused on what his music is
saying, the message he wants to portray.
In the mid-1980s, Nasio moved from Dominica to the hustle and bustle of
the island of St. Maarten where he recorded his first 12" single Born to
Be Free (1986) and EP Babylon is Falling (1990). His first full length
CD Reggae Power (1994) was followed by Wolf Catcher (1997) and
Revolution (1999). He soon became a sensation by the power of the music
and word of mouth alone.
Lovers of reggae music throughout the world know Nasio's name, his voice
and his conscious lyrics. He speaks of revolution, of waking up the
sleeping consciousness of oppressed and freedom loving people across the
Earth. In his own words, "the music is important; I want my music to be
my contribution to the people of the world." The world of Reggae and
indeed the world of music needs a new voice, get ready to be "Living in
the Positive" with Nasio Fontaine.
Nasio’s award and achievement list :
2003 - "Living In the Positive" released by Higher Love Music, Ltd.
2003 - Nasio's website www.nasioreggae.com launched.
- 2002 - Higher Love Music formed to manage distribution and promotion of Nasio's work.
- 2001 - Began recording album, "Living in the Positive" in New York City.
- 1999 - Released album "Revolution".
- 1998 - Nasio performs at 'Reggae On the River' and selected concerts with TEVA Spirit of Unity Tour.
1998 - Recorded album, "Revolution".
- 1997 - Nasio recorded "Wolf Catcher" a radio formatted EP CD.
- 1996 - "Reggae Power" selected "Best Reggae Album of 1996" by Reggae Roots International Magazine.
1996 - Nasio listed in "Top Movers and Shakers Worldwide" by Street Sound Magazine.
1996 - Filmed "Wanna Go Home", hit single from "Reggae Power" at sacred
Nyabinghi Tabernacle, Scotts Pass, Jamaica
1996 - "Wanna Go Home" video selected #1 Reggae Video by Rockers TV "Wanna Go Home" video reviewed as "the best reggae video ever! A masterpiece that will be the standard by which reggae videos will be judged in the future" -Saki Mafundikwa, Beat Magazine
- 1995 - Nominated "Best New Artist" by Gavin Magazine.
1995 - Nominated "Best New Artist" by Tamika Reggae Awards.
1995 - "Reggae Power" selected "Best Reggae Album" by Canadian Reggae Music Awards.
- 1994 - Released "Reggae Power" in the West Indies.
- 1990 - Recorded "Babylon is Falling", a 5-song EP, released in the West Indies.
- 1986 - Recorded "Born to Be Free", a 12" single, released in the West Indies.
- 1981 - Moved from Dominica to St. Maarten, West Indies.
1981 - Born in Bagatelle/Carte Bois, Dominica, West Indies. "As young as today, as old as yesterday".
Photo & Text provided courtesy of Higher Love Music.