No rest for the weary seems to be Natural Black’s motto for the past few and upcoming months. Even though the reggae singer is busy doing several shows, he is currently putting the finishing touches on his 11th studio album. The album just like his ten previous one will be conscious roots reggae true to his message, but fans won’t have to wait for new music as several singles have been released, “I’m On My Way”, “Natural Chronixx”, “Who Care For Me” and “Party Truck” on Ghetto Lynxx Records’ Party Truck riddim and have hit the airwaves to great and exciting reviews.
With a full touring schedule for the year, Natural Black is set to perform this Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at a Spi-Tech Promotions at Cookie’s Night Club in Portmore, on March 16th at the Mountain View Jamboree alongside Lutan Fyah, Chronixx, Cham and more, and at Lady Carla & The Party Animal. Uniform Party 4. on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Rampage HQ in Kingston, Jamaica. Natural Black will then hit both coasts of the U.S. with a show in California and New Jersey. In May the “Far From Reality” singer will then embark on his U.K tour.
February 23rd – Cookie’s Night Club in Portmore, Jamaica
March 16th – Jaques Road Community Center, Kingston, Jamaica
March 30th – Rampage HQ. Carlos Road. Waterhouse, Kingston, Jamaica
April 13th – 3883 W.Century blvd, Los Angeles, California
April 28th – 247 Fabyan Place, Newark, New Jersey
more dates to be announced
About Natural Black:
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, Mortimer Softley moved to Jamaica in 1995 to pursue his musical dreams. With music in his veins, a message in his heart and a fierce determination, he needed to immerse himself in the reggae culture, as he stated “Coming to Jamaica was natural”.
Reggae music appealed to his senses, it gave him a voice to speak out his impassioned pleas for wrongs to be made right and justice applied in the case of the poor and oppressed that remain relevant worldwide. He says, “Like life, Reggae music inspires, and gives the artiste an opportunity to express one’s self fully, regardless of the issues highlighted”.
In Jamaica the musicians he hung around would rename him Natural Black. Paying his dues voicing for such legendary producers as Gordon Lee, Jack Scorpio, Freddie McGregor and Beres Hammond, his distinctively smooth and mellow voice left an impression in the forefront of the newroots and culture movement. With a slew of modest hits, Natural Black steadily gained fans and recognition, and in 2006 became an international success with the chart topping “Far From Reality” single produced by for Multi- Platinum, Billboard chart topping producer Don Corleon .
Marred at times with controversy and often outspoken, Natural Black resilience has created a dedicated global fan base by taking his audience to musical subliminal levels, where only in the depth of one’s consciousness can one’s mind create and conceive a true spiritual balance.
Natural has performed locally at some of Jamaica’s biggest festivals such as Sting, Reggae-Sumfest, Rebel Salute, East Fest and countless shows throughout the Caribbean. He has toured extensively and performed to sold out audiences in Switzerland, Austria, France, Italy and Slovenia amongst others.
Working amongst some of Jamaica’s various top producers Natural Black has garnered an extensive music library and with 10 studio albums to his credit, Natural is hard at work on yet another musical gift.
Natural Black Discography
Far From Reality – Label: Greensleeves/VP records
Jah Guide – Label: King Jammings
Love Gonna Conquer Evil – Label: In Da Streets
Guardian Angel – Label: Brutal Tracks
Cool Nuh Black – Label: Vizion Sound
Spiritual Food – Label: Organic Records
World War – Label: Organic Records
Mortima – Label: Cripple Blaxx
Naturally Black – Label: Pat Hot Records
Natural Desasta – Label: Frenz For Real