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PRESS RELEASE
April 7, 2008
New Roots Productions
1326 W. Hood Ave. #3D | Chicago, IL 60660

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media contact: Jessica McNamara, 773.504.4350

Dominica native-now Chicago resident-a founding member of acclaimed RSB Band

Reggae Artist Kofi to Showcase Debut CD,
"New Name," at May 16 Release Party at Wild Hare.

NOW AVAILABLE FROM the iTUNES STORE! Kofi - New Name

Classic-sounding "roots reggae" CD recorded locally with live musicians.

CHICAGO-April 7, 2008-Reggae singer "Kofi" James, a Chicago resident who hails from the Caribbean nation of Dominica, will debut his solo CD, "New Name," and perform live at 10:00 p.m. at a release party on Friday, May 16, at The Wild Hare, 3530 N. Clark Street.

The eclectic CD celebrates his pristine island homeland and reflects his passion for classic roots reggae. It was recorded in late 2007 and early 2008 in Chicago, his home since 2003.

Kofi will perform tracks-all original-from "New Name" as well as classic reggae favorites backed by The Redemption Fire Band, comprised of some of Chicago's best reggae musicians replete with a 3-piece horn section and backing vocalists.

In a digital age where most reggae CDs feature vocals over existing "rhythms" created on a computer, "New Name" was recorded live using musicians hailing from Jamaica, the birthplace of reggae, as well as Dominica and Chicago. Among those appearing on the CD are musicians from popular local band Tributosaurus. The album's featured female vocalist is Taketha "Tye" Cole whose voice has drawn comparisons with that of Lauryn Hill.

Equally compelling at the release party-and mirroring the excitement of the album-will be Kofi's energetic and passionate live performance.

Kofi has been performing for more than 20 years and was a founding member of the acclaimed Roots, Stem, & Branches (RSB Band). Between 1983 and 2000, RSB released 10 albums that featured reggae, soca and zouk, the native music of Dominica. RSB toured extensively in Canada, England, the U.S. and the Caribbean and opened for such artists as Ziggy Marley, Bunny Wailer, Culture, Dennis Brown and Shinehead. Since settling in the Windy City, Kofi has performed throughout Chicagoland and the Midwest.

Tickets for the May 16 release party are $12 at the door. For more, please visit www.kofij.com or www.newrootsproductions.com. Phone: 773.504.4350.

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