J Boog Backyard Boogie tour comes to the Moenkopi Legacy Inn

Performers enjoy first time on the reservation

Tyler Tawahongva<br>
J Boog, second from left, entertains the crowd with his fellow singers

Tyler Tawahongva<br> J Boog, second from left, entertains the crowd with his fellow singers

MOENKOPI, Ariz. - On Feb. 21 at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn (MLI), J Boog came to visit. The show was part of the new Legacy Music Productions that has been started by James Surveyor of MLI, J Boog.

"There has been widespread support by the management and village for Legacy Music to bring artists to the area since there is not a venue currently that caters to musical acts, said Surveyor "A state of the art lighting and sound system as well as a dance floor and stage has been invested in by the MLI. We have trained some of the employees to setup the stage, sound system and work the lights so we have given some of the employees skills that would benefit them if they were seeking a job in this field. The ideas started after the Tuuvi Gathering last year when there was a reggae concert by Casper, which started the idea of doing more live shows"

On this night Legacy Music was putting on a concert by Hawaiian or Pacific Islander artist J Boog, commonly referred as Jawaiian music, which is primarily reggae music that is performed by Pacific Islanders. The featured artist of the night was J Boog, of Samoan descent, who grew up in the Long Beach and Compton area of California. He stays true to his Samoan heritage by employing Hawaiian reggae artist to support him on this tour. The backup band for the tour was the Hot Rain Band from Oahu as well as singers from the Hawaiian Islands.

Lion Fiyah from Oahu was part of the entourage.

"We have never been in the area but really enjoyed the scenery and feel comfortable on the reservation," saif Fiyah.

He referred to himself as an Hawaiian Islander not a Native American. However, he understands the connection with the Native Americans on the mainland. He stated many of the Natives can easily be mistaken for Hawaiian.

"They are strong people and I respect the Hopis and Navajos in the area," said Jah Maoli, another artist on the tour.

According to J Boog's website, he has been fortunate to have met up with Jamaican reggae artists that have helped him promote his music. After a meeting with Gramps Morgan from the Morgan Heritage Band, he was soon recording at premier studios in Jamaica including Bob Marley's Tuff Gong studios. His latest album "Backyard Boogie" was released in September and became the No. 1 Billboard Reggae album, No. 1 on the Itunes Itunes Digital Reggae Charts and No. 2 on the Amazon Digital Reggae and World charts as well as charting on the Itunes and Billboard reggae charts.

When asked about his success J Boog was modest and explained his love of reggae music and appreciated being able to play his music. The Legacy Inn was the first stop of the Backyard Boogie tour, which is scheduled to run through New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and California. According to Fiyah, this is the first time the goup has played on a reservation.

J Boog's music is recommended for any reggae fan or anyone who enjoys music it is very accessible to any taste. For more information on J Boog and downloads check his website



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