Known for his captivating voice and energetic stage presence, Prince Jabba has been developing and perfecting his craft of singing and songwriting for many years. Born in Westmoreland Jamaica, a diet of reggae and other Caribbean music was an integral component in his musical deveopment.
With a wide vocal range, Jabba has mastered many styles within Caribbean music including DJ sytles and soca music. His performance is captivating as he jumps and whirls around the stage engaging the audience with his antics. Definitely a musician to watch, Jabba brings a great flare to the stage as he fronts the Socaholix.
Perfecting his art over the past 20 years has resulted in two recordings, the first Loverman (2004) is an eclectic compilation of international reggae vibes. This recording is available through CD Baby.
The second recording entitled Headstrong is currently in post production and will be available soon. In addition to performing with the Socaholix, Jabba is the lead singer for Les Exodus, a well respected reggae band based in Minneapolis.
Born and raised in the beautiful East African Country of Tanzania, Onesmo’s musical training began as a youth in the capital city Dar-es-Salaam. His instant love of the bass guitar resulted in many years of perfecting his playing, specializing in both African and Caribbean rhythms.
Following his formal education, Onesmo landed in the twin cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul in the early 90’s. Almost instantly, he began to play with Les Exodus, a popular reggae band then fronted by fellow Tanzanian Innocent. After a stint in California, and extensive national tours, Onesmo has found his groove playing with the Socaholix. His solid bass line provides the backbone for the Socaholix on top of which the complex Soca melodies can freely dance.
From the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Siama burst onto the musical scene in Kinshasa in the 70’s. Siama added his fusion of rock and soul guitar licks to the classic sounds of Congalese rumba and caused quite a stir. Embraced in the wildly popular band Cavasha, they renamed the band Kombe Kombe in the mid 70’s. Due to political turbulence in Zaire, the band fled first to Uganda and then to Kenya.
His journey since the days in Africa lead him to live in Dubai and Japan honing his musical chops all the while. He has played with many renowned African musicians including Tshala Moana, Kanda Bongo Man and Samba Mapangala.
After arriving in the Minneapolis area in the mid 1990’s, Siama became a local force in African music. He instantly united with fellow African musicians residing in Minneapolis and began playing with Shalita and Marimba Africa. His artistic outreach is far beyond the stage as he served as the musical director for Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical “Ruined”.Whichever venue you find Siama, he is always contributing his musical knowledge through the strings of his guitar. A great element to the Socaholix, Siama is a musical gift to all.
Charles "Chilly" Petrus was born in St. Croix U.S.V.I and began drumming at the age of 4. It was clear at an early age that he had inborn rhythm and musical talent. Over his youth, he embraced the bass guitar and ultimately, the keyboards became his instrument of choice.
Upon landing in Minneapolis, Chilly was embraced and incorporated in the local Caribbean music scene. He played and toured with many locally based and international reggae acts including Innocent, Les Exodus, Shangoya and Ipso Facto. He also plays the national instrument of Trinidad and Tobago, the Steel Pan in a group with Lance Pollonais called “Pan Dimensions”
Above and beyond his live performances, Chilly runs a recording studio and production company known as “Pepper Productions”. His production credits are numerous and they include a body of work by Ed Robinson entitled “Innocent Man” as well as a jazz tribute to Billie Holiday, “If Only….Billie Unsung”, a project by renowned vocalist Thomasina Petrus.
A native of the Eastern Caribbean island of Trinidad, Lance began playing the congas and other percussion at an early age. Having truly captured the rhythms by age 9, his musical training expanded to the Steel Pan, the national instrument of his homeland. In short time after learning the pan, he joined a nationally recognized Steel Drum band and was competing at “Carnival” in the capital city of Port of Spain.
In his teens, Lance followed his family to the Twin Cities and joined Shangoya, a Minneapolis based soca band fronted by fellow Trinidadian Peter Nelson. Shangoya was a Midwest staple touring throughout the surrounding states. Not only did he play the pans and percussion during his stint with Shangoya, he ultimately ended up on as the primary drummer in the band. In 2010, Lance was inducted into the Mid West Music Hall of Fame for his work with Shangoya.
In addition to his work with Shangoya, Lance played drums with other reggae bands including Les Exodus, Innocent, The Maroons and Rhythm 360. He continues work on his primary love, the steel pans with a steel drum duo called Pan Dimensions.
Lance is a crucial drummer and works seamlessly with bass player Onesmo to keep the driving beat of the soca sounds in step for the Socahalix.
A true world class percussionist, C Harris has been hammering out rhythms for over 30 years. It was early on in his career that he was introduced to the sounds of Calypso while playing a themed dinner show in Las Vegas. It was this moment that lead to a lifetime love affair with the rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean.
In the early 80's Chico met up with Trinidadian singer Peter Nelson and in no time, he was playing with a Minneapolis based calypso soca band called Shangoya. From that time, his journey has taken him throughout Europe and the US including stints in Texas, California, Nevada and Florida. His love of music and experience is in no way limited to Caribbean music as is known in the jazz, blues and Latin circuits for his prowess on percussion.
As a testament to his command of his instrument, he has a long history of working with companies such as Latin Percussion, Remo and Eccentric Systems as an independent performer. His musical expertise has led him to produce commercial spots for several large companies including: Pillsbury, Frito Lay, Miller Beer and more. He served as the artistic director and shared a co-production credit with David Z Rifkin on the 1987 MCA release of Giorge Pettus.
With the fury of a tropical hurricane, the Socaholix have burst onto the Minneapolis music scene. Comprised of former members of long-time Minneapolis favorite Shangoya, the band has familiar faces and fresh new singers. From Trinidad, Jamaica, The Congo, Tanzania, America and St. Croix, the line-up is truly international. Drawing from their vast musical backgrounds, the band delivers crowd pumping rhythms and energy sure to bring people to their feet for an all night soca party.
The ever present drum and bass combo of Lance Pollonais and Onesmo Kibira, provides the backbone for the Socaholix and is the foundation upon
which the rest of the music is built. With the searing west African guitar of Siami and the percussive accents of Chico, the band bubbles wildly causing
fans to dance about. Chilly uses his keyboards to enhance the sound with horn lines and accompaniment throughout. Jabba’s compelling vocals and
performance antics along with the energetic dynamics of the band on stage creates a must see show.
From Soca standards to original compositions, the band consistently delivers professional, fun filled performances. While soca is the mainstay,
it is not unusual to have reggae songs interspersed throughout the set.
Socaholix - perhaps a new name to you today, but one you won’t forget when you see them live.