Andrew Hamlin 11:49 a.m., March 28
Chad Makihele: Bass guitar, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | John Naki: Drums | John Malimali: Percussion | Lieni Makihele: Vocals | Jelani Jones: Keyboards | Marcus Damien: Guitar (electric) | Jai Vatuk: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Keyboards | Mike Mays: Saxophone | Steve White: Trumpet
Sound description: Feelgood music incorporating the sound of reggae, jazz, rock, soul, and rhythm & blues.
Inception: San Marcos, 2003
According to Diversifyd, “We’re trying to say that you can be unique. That you can be catchy without being corny, poppy without being pop, and you can be uplifting without preaching. We want to be a reaction to all emotions.”
Guitarist/bassist Chad Makihele writes most of the lyrics and arranges the records tracks. Lieni Makihele arranges vocals, while John Naki plays the drums and also arranges songs. John Malimali is on percussion, having played in the ‘90s reggae group Mission Irie, where he was known as Baby Rasta. Lead guitarist Marcus Damien Snapp has played with Slap Back and Boo Ya Tribe. Keyboardist Jelani Jones has toured with the world with the Bonedaddys, and guitarist/keyboardist Jai Vatuk has toured with the English Band. Mike Mays plays saxophone and Steve White plays trumpet.