Pato Banton

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 8:30pm
Event Time: 
$21 Advance, $25 Day of Show

On Tuesday, June 4, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus Radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcome Pato Banton back to the WOW Hall.

As his longtime fans will confirm, a Pato Banton concert is an event not to be missed and an experience not to be forgotten.  Positive vibrations abound with a dancing beat while Pato delivers a message that is food for the mind and soul.  Many have said that the positivity generated from the stage has changed their lives forever.  Sometimes Pato invites his fans to join him in a prayer circle after the show, where some have cried while sharing their stories of contemplated suicide, isolation after losing a loved one, struggles with substance abuse and how their personal connection with Pato has given them the strength to “Stay Positive” and “Never Give In”.

Pato Banton was born Patrick Murray in London in 1961, and moved to Birmingham when he was 8 years old.  In his early teens Pato started to gain his musical foundation on his stepfathers’ sound system, from helping set up the equipment at first to later selecting the music and trying his skills on the microphone.  Patrick would stay up all night entertaining the masses and was given the name Patoo by his stepfather. (The name derives from a wise night owl in Jamaica, that stays up all night, calling “patoo, patoo.”)

Pato became the #1 MC in Birmingham, winning the title seven years in a row.  At the age of 19, Pato was invited to join a local roots reggae band called Crucial Music.  Within a year Pato became the band leader, mc, singer/songwriter and manager, taking the band on tours of the UK and Europe.  Pato’s first recording was a double A sided single with Crucial Music entitled “All Night Raving” / “Sensimilla”.  

During the early part of his career, Pato participated in a talent show where he was proclaimed the winner by judges Ranking Roger and Dave Wakeling of The English Beat. This culminated in the single, “Pato & Roger A Go Talk”, which appears on the Beat’s gold selling album, Special Beat Service.  Shortly thereafter Pato performed the hit songs “Hip-Hop Lyrical Robot” and “King Step” on UB40’s Baggariddim and Little Baggariddim albums.

Pato’s first audition at Fashion Records impressed the producers so much that they instantly changed his name to Pato Banton.  (In DJ circles a “Banton” is a heavyweight lyricist, thus in England, Pato became “The Banton”.)  His second single, “Allo Tosh Got a Toshiba” launched a string of successful projects with Fashion Records, Greensleeves and Island Records.  During this time Pato teamed up with top London MC Tippa Irie and they recorded  “Double Trouble”, “Dance Pon De Spot” and “Dem No Know Bout Pressure”.

Neil Frasier at Ariwa Records recorded Pato’s first album, Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton, which is still regarded as an all time reggae classic!

After recording his second album Never Give In!, Pato renamed his band “The Reggae Revolution” and began touring extensively.  The buzz about Pato Banton’s live shows sparked the interest of IRS Records.  A contract was signed and Never Give In! was released in America and then globally.  Such classic songs as “Don’t Sniff Coke”, “Handsworth Riot”, “Gwarn” and “Settle Satan” established this recording to what many consider to be a timeless reggae masterpiece.

After tours with Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Burning Spear, Third World, Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Dennis Brown and Steel Pulse, Pato secured his place and respect as one of the best live performers in the reggae industry.

Pato’s sixth album, Universal Love, featured “Go Pato”.  This song became an instant hit, especially in South America where it hit #1 in most countries.

For the 1994 compilation album Collections, Pato reunited with Ali and Robin Campbell of UB40 to record a cover of Eddy Grants’ single “Baby Come Back”.  The song became a worldwide hit, achieving top 5 rating in over twenty countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan and across Europe.  Pato Banton became a household name in the UK, where this single stayed at #1 for four weeks.  Pato’s success continued with “Bubbling Hot” (a duet with Ranking Roger) and “This Cowboy Song” (with Sting).   Another successful collaboration with Sting, a re-make of the Police classic “Spirits in a Material World”, was included on the soundtrack of the Jim Carey movie Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.

Pato’s tenth album Life is a Miracle, gained a Grammy nomination and clearly defined the lyrical, musical and spiritual growth of this outstanding artiste.  Peter Gabriel’s organization, WOMAD, recognized Pato’s talents and invited him to headline a series of shows across the world. 

A period of deep reflection and meditation left Pato with renewed energy to take on the challenge of embarking on a new mission of “Music Ministry”.   Most recently, Banton released 2017’s Love is the Greatest!, a compilation featuring collaborations with Ghanaian artist Mohammed Alidu, Pilot Touhill and others; and The Words of Rastafari, a three-CD set that combines speeches from Ethiopian emperor and key Rastafarian figure Haile Selassie with re-imagined Bob Marley riddims.

“Since making his comeback, Banton has noticed a reggae boom throughout the world,” notes Bend Bullitin.  “He’s found fans in burgeoning reggae scenes in Hawaii, Puerto Rico (where he’s toured five times) and Ghana.”

“The past 20 years have seen reggae music be embraced by every culture around the world,” says Pato.  “There’s reggae bands in Australia; there’s Japanese reggae bands that sound just as authentic as the musicians from Jamaica. … I don’t even think that Jamaica can claim ownership anymore.”

Tickets are $21 in advance, $25 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.