The Exodus Reggae Band, regarded throughout the South as "the" premiere Reggae band, was
conceived 15 years ago by Nathaniel "Box" Kent and is ready to provide professional
entertainment for you!
Nathaniel Kent is the grandson of the renowned blues artist Frank Stokes, acknowledged as the
Creator of the Memphis Blues, who performed on world-famous Beale Street during the 1920-
30s. Following in this musical tradition, Nathaniel began developing his vocal talent during his
high school years with the hottest soul vocal group in Memphis, the Notations, who also
performed on Beale Street.
Later Nathaniel, while working with a vocal group known as the Prolifics, came to the attention of
the President of STAX Records, AI Bell. Nathaniel became lead singer of the group at the
direction of AI Bell who also accompanied them on piano.
These early experiences would one day influence the rock steady grooves and soulful harmonies
of the Exodus Reggae Band that Kent formed years later. Kent realized a need for culturally
influenced music in Memphis and his idea proved true as the Exodus Reggae Band broke the
barrier of traditional blues music on Beale Street. Astonishingly, after only a few years they were
playing before a capacity crowd of 1300 people at the World's Largest Office Rooftop Party at the
prominent Peabody Hotel overlooking the Mississippi River.
Since then, The Exodus Reggae Band has opened for many internationally acclaimed Reggae
Artists including Inner Circle, Eek-a-mouse, the ltals and Jimmy Cliff. The band performed with
Benjamin Zephaniah, the famous Dub poet of London, England; and they have also performed
with the Grammy Award winning group Arrested Development. The bafld has played throughout
the country and is also a local favorite. You may have heard or seen the band at:
* one of the most popular reggae clubs in America, the Wild Hair in Chicago
* clubs in Cleveland, Ohio; Peoria, Illinois; Syracuse, Buffalo and Oswego in New York where
radio announcers gave rave reviews
* the 1996 Louisville Reggae Fest as the headliner which drew a crowd of approximately
* City Stages Music Fest in Birmingham, AL which drew a crowd of approximately 300,000
* Annual Peabody Christmas Ball in Memphis, on same ticket with Isaac Hayes, AI Green and
* Africa in April in Memphis as the headliner annually since 1990 which has grown to a crowd
of approximately 30,000
* Center for Southern Folklore Festival in Memphis annually since 1992
* colleges, most annually since 1990: Rhodes College, University of Memphis, University of
Mississippi, Mississippi State, University of Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee
State, University of Tennessee, Arkansas State, Christian Brothers College, University of
Alabama, Vanderbilt, etc.
* high schools, corporate and private parties
Each year the Exodus Reggae Band jams their brand of positive, high energy Reggae music and
is well prepared for a world tour and much more!