Bread Doe, Nkula
740 Water Street SW
Washington, DC, 20024
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
When Jesse Royal was only a cub, the Lord revealed to his mother that she would have to release
one of her sons to the world, proclaiming “he will be a psalmist, declaring righteousness and justice
throughout creation.” As Jesse matured into a young lion, his mother observed in him a strong sense
of integrity and a natural ability to positively affect those around him. But, it was his deep spirituality,
passion for life and unique connection to music that would convince her that he was being molded to
be used by the Creator.
Jesse David Leroi Grey, aka Jesse Royal, was born April 29, 1989. He enjoyed his early years in the
hills of Maroon Town and the District of Orange in St. James before moving in the late 90’s with his
mother and brother to join his father in Kingston. As fate would have it, Royal developed a special
relationship with Daniel ‘Bambaata’ Marley (son of Ziggy Marley) at school. His friendship with Daniel
proved to be fuel to the fire as they shared a deep passion for music and football. Their friendship
evolved as they spent a great part of their childhood together. Soon the natural inclination confirmed
they were simply brothers with different mothers. As these cubs became lions so grew their devotion
to music. With the help of longtime friend Curt ‘Qban’ White they began composing and creating
their own music. And together they proceeded to fulfill what they knew was a predestined musical
journey, designed to inspire, engage and unite people beyond all geographic borders.
After Jesse returned home from schooling abroad, he reestablished a relationship with high school
friend and young producer Kareem ‘Remus’ Burrell (son of Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell). They began
creating and composing music together also, which developed into a Movement as they shared
similar views on the social state of Jamaica.
Blessed with a voice that captures the pain and hunger of a ‘downtrodden’ people; Royal’s militant
character and profound lyricism caught the heart of heralded reggae producer, Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell.
Fatis Burrell, affectionately called ‘Father’ had a great and pure impact on the ‘old soul’ of Jesse; as
he credits him as an invaluable inspiration and one of the most influential individuals that he has
Working with musicians such as Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Donald Dennis, Earl ‘Chinna’
Smith and Monty Savory; Jesse is currently in the studio putting the final touches on his debut album
with producer Kareem Burrell of the XTM.Nation. Jesse Royal also recently released his debut
mixtape dubbed ‘Misheni’, which means ‘The Mission’ in Swahili.
Bread Doe is a writer, producer and recording artist raised in Waukegan and based in Chicago, Illinois. Having produced, written and recorded with King Louie, Jeremih, Jessie Reyez, Pvrx, Jack Flash and others - Bread Doe is getting ready to step out from behind the scenes and into the light in a real way.Performing in Mexico, The USA and Canada, Bread Doe has shared stages with Waka Flocka, Jessie Reyez, and Frankie Carrera while developing and perfecting his craft. Drawing from diverse musical influences, Bread’s personal experience growing up as a “ward of the state” gave him access and insight into a variety of cultures in America before ultimately becoming adopted into his American & Jamaican household.
Formed in early 2017, Nkula is a roots reggae band based in the Washington, D.C. that delivers a message of love and unity to an upbeat roots sound. Nkula is led by “Ras Abel” Mekonnen who hails from Ethiopia, and brings more than 20 years of professional music experience to the group. To complement their original music, the band also pays tribute to a select group of reggae artists including Garnett Silk, the Congos, the Roots Raddics, and Bob Marley & the Wailers.
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