EarthKry, the Jamaica-based roots rock reggae band, is currently on their first tour throughout the U.S. When they stopped in New York, we got a chance to talk with the manager of the band, Tara Johnson. She let us know that some of the band’s influences include: Wailers, Burning Spare, Toots, Black Uhuru, and Steel Pulse. EarthKry came into its current formation in 2012. Its members include Aldayne Haughton on guitar and lead vocals, Kamardo Blake on bass, Phillip McFarlane on keyboard, and Kieron Cunningham on drums.
Tara said “The members knew each other from Edna Manley School of Visual and Performing Arts. However, after several member changes after Edna, the current unit complemented each other the best.” Before coming to the U.S., EarthKry went on an all-island tour of Jamaica. Of the U.S. tour, she stated that “the purpose of the tour is to promote our music in the U.S. market and spread our message.” So far, they have performed at Sierra Nevada World Music festival; Shrine & Silvana in Harlem; Beach Tour with New Kingston band, through Rhode Island, Hampton, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Florida. They’re currently in Minnesota. Fans should follow EarthKry on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube for updates on where they will be playing throughout the summer. They’re working on planning a European tour for next year.
We got a chance to see them perform in Harlem at the venues “Shrine” and “Silvana’s” in June. Images, by Jeana Lindo, below.