MISSION STATEMENT: To remind mother earth’s inhabitants that wisdom is the most valuable gift the Almighty JAH has given to mankind.
PROVERBS is a positive, unique, rootz reggae band utilizing strong lyrical content and musical expressions to uplift Rasta livity. Proverbs is the only reggae band DC Metropolitan area to maintain the authentic sound of Rasta Roots Reggae Music. Specializing in socially conscious roots, the band endeavors to promote Ancient Wisdom through the art of music, thereby spreading the spiritual message of JAH RASTAFARI through word power and sound. Proverbs Reggae Band offers fans of all social economic and racial backgrounds a brand of MUSICAL POETRY, ROOTZ RASTA STYLE that definitely compels you to get on your feet and dance when the rhythm hits you!
The band’s strength comprises the diversity of its members; each bringing a unique gift and experience, thus making Proverbs an eclectic, spiritually, and socially conscious reggae band with a profound cultural base and deep rooted sound. Their musical influences range from genres such as SKA, ROOTZ REGGAE, GOSPEL, JAZZ, R&B, COMPAZ, ZOOK, SOUL, and a splash of CALYPSO.
Proverbs has shared stages with numerous international artists such as: Half Pint, Freddie McGregor, Chuck Brown, Collie Bud, Wyclef, Luciano, Dean Frazier, Mikey General, Leroy Sybils, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus, Buju Banton, Tanya Stephens, Gramps Morgan, to name a few.Proverbs has been based in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area since the year 2000.
Ras Ziah Ayubu: Manager/Lead Vocals/Songwriter/Rhythm Guitar. Hailing from the Caribbean Island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ras Ziah has performed with several reggae bands in St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as in New York City, including Rock of Ages. He also played tenor pan with Kindred Steel Orchestra in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Sven Abow: Percussionist/Drummer/Background Vocals. Sven is from Frankfort Germany. Also specializing in Jazz and Classical music Sven can be seen and heard around the DC area working on such projects as the Annual Musical DC Boys Choir.
Udoh Upiotennione: Saxaphone/Background Vocals. From St. Louis Missouri, Udoh is an accomplished musician, Howard University graduate, and a music teacher. He has performed with the Howard University Jazz Band, Black Notes, and has toured internationally with singing phenom Julie Dexter.
Freedome / Yolanda: Vocals. Freedome comes to us by way of DC, VA, and New York. This Songbird has performed with artists such as Dinizulu, Kotako Society, Freddie Jackson, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warrick, Jeffrey Osborne, Glenn Jones, Jonathan Butler, Ralph McDonald, Yoko Ono, Phil Collins, and Sekou Sundiata to name a few. She has also appeared in a George Benson Music Video.
CeeJay: Bass. Ceejay hails from the Motherland, Sierra Leone. He has opened shows for Lucky Dube, Marcis Griffith, and Culture.
Best Reggae Band 2010 – DC Reggae Awards
Best Male Vocalist 2008, 2009, 2010 – Ziah Ayubu – DC Reggae Awards
Best Male Vocalist 2009 – Ziah Ayubu – Washington Area Music Association (WAMA)
“We are the watchmen throughout the streets of babylon. We are not here to compromise with the deeds of wicked men.”