RED-I & THE RIDDIM OUTLAWZ

Although Red-I belongs to the Paiwan aboriginal tribe of Taiwan, he spent much of his youth living with his family in Central America and took a detour to Canada in the 80's where he met several reggae legends living there as expatriates. Taking an interest in Jamaican music, he studied aptly. In 2003, he returned to Taiwan bringing his Latin influence and reggae music with him. While working as a session musician for major artists including aboriginal pop sensation A-mei, Red-I formed a reggae band on the side with the intention of fusing local melodies with a Jamaican vibe. Red-I finds value in reggae's innate call to the oppressed and naturally applies it the native Taiwan people's struggle to preserve their culture.

Red-I plays guitar and sings lead vocals with the Riddim Outlawz, a band consisting of jazz musicians Rintaro Masui from Okinawa and Japanese drummer Kinya Ikeda. Their show is a blend of Red-I's Paiwan heritage, his reggae training and the Riddim Outlawz improv styles while being tied to the social issues of Taiwan at the same time.

Live Rehearsal


BAND LINKS

http://www.myspace.com/reditheriddimoutlawz

ARTICLES OF INTEREST

TAIPEI TIMES:
Reggae inna Taiwan

TAIWAN FUN:
Spreading The Vibe: Red-I and The Riddim Outlawz