The Flow Band
Reggae Music from The Island Of Pittsburgh.
Let Us Give Jah All The Thanks and Praises!!
The Flow Band has been heralded as “The premier Reggae band in Pittsburgh” by Pittsburgh’s City Paper for several years. The music ranges from roots reggae and reggae jazz to hip hop and r&b dancehall tunes. Their excellent music and showmanship are exciting to watch and fun to participate in!
Flow Band heralded as “The premier Reggae band in Pittsburgh” by
Pittsburgh’s City Paper for several years now, has never stopped its flow.
The band has been around for over 19 years with Uzell Finney Jr. leading
the group in roots-rock-reggae style. Since
1996, a new Flow configuration has been rocking Pittsburgh, Ohio, Chicago and
Maryland. The band has opened for world renown acts like: Lady Smith
Black Mambazo, Ziggy Marley & Kymani Marley and Jimmy Buffet just to name a
few. The music ranges from roots
reggae and reggae jazz to hip hop dancehall tunes.
The Flow band consists of: Uzell Finney Jr., lead vocals,
lead guitarist and songwriter, Norman Green, lead and background vocals and bass
guitar, Ernest Pollard, drummer and technical advisor, Sanford Barnes, keyboards,
lead and background vocals, trumpet player, and Deborah Starling-Pollard, lead
and background vocalist and songwriter.
Finney Jr. inspired at a young age, by his father Uzell Finney Sr. to play
beautiful music has been a household name in Pittsburgh and Ohio since the
70’s when the Flow band was formed. The
originator of the Flow band and Rastafari (the band’s former name) provides a
show stopping performance. Uzell
makes his guitar cry out the reggae songs of freedom and a hope for a better
tomorrow. His reggae lyrics provide narratives that reach the soul
through songs like “Blue Tear Drops” and “Sweet, Sweet Music”.
Green has been playing bass guitar ever since his Dad bought him the musical
instrument for Christmas when he was 5 years old.
His high-energy style and strong tenor voice add variety and excitement
to the Flow band. Norm has been
performing professionally since the early 80’s when he was the lead singer and
bassist for a group called Ras Prophet.
Pollard is a left-handed drummer that keeps the time with a killer reggae beat
and one drop style that is all his own. He
has been as active in the church with gospel music as he has been with the
spiritual sound of roots reggae music. He
is one of the original members of the Flow band from the 70’s when the group
was called Rastafari.
Starling-Pollard (Ernie’s wife) started out doing gospel and musical theater
at a young age and is still active in both genres.
When she was approached by the Flow band to sing reggae music, she
reached back to her Jamaican roots and found her voice.
Debbie’s great grandfather is from Clarendon, Jamaica.
Her style is a combination of Patra and Sade and she belts out the songs
of Bob Marley and Peter Tosh with true feeling for the lyrics that they wrote.
“Ewie” Mark is electrifying as a keyboard player and vocalist.
He is strongly active in the church with gospel music and received rave
reviews when traveling throughout South Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania with the
Wizdom Reggae band. He brings
excitement to the Flow band sound with his own exceptional style.
Sanford also is spearheading P.A.R.A. Pittsburgh's Association Of Reggae Artist,
which will be a center for booking reggae bands, artists and concentrates on
bringing more reggae music and artist to Pittsburgh.
Jah Bless Let No Man Curse!"
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