Through songs dealing with various themes such as romantic love, general love, universal unity, social consciousness, uprising, and spiritual praise, Gondwana reveals both positive and realists messages that serve as an uplifting force for fans of all musical genres. Spirit-moving falsetto notes, bubbling bass, hard drums, guitar solos and arrangements, and horns are the primary ingredients found in the highly acclaimed band’s music.
Without a doubt, Gondwana is one of the most prestigious, solid reggae bands to emerge from South America. With constant movement across the world and a myriad of vibrant live performances, Gondwana continues to deliver an acclaimed repertoire of hits and new material. The band is internationally recognized as one of Chile’s most successful musical acts – not just in reggae but across all genres.
Already superstars in their native Chile and throughout South America, Gondwana has been gaining very enthusiastic fans throughout the world, as evident by their extensive social media following and a sizeable number of international concerts per year. From its humble beginnings in La Pincoya, a notorious northern Santiago slum, to a leading position in Chilean pop music, Gondwana has remained true to their original posture, standing tall and strong in a peace-loving position of musical and lyrical creation.
Formed in 1987 by founder, writer, composer, producer, and bassist I-Locks Labbe, Gondwana has been awarded several multi-platinum albums throughout its 30+ year career. Additionally, they’ve performed numerous times in what are known to be some of the most important festivals throughout the continent. Recently, Gondwana has performed at various renowned festivals such as "Reggae on the River Fest,” "Rock Al Parque" Colombia, “Jamming Fest” Colombia "Vive Latino" Mexico, "Pepsi Music Fest" Argentina, "Cosquin Rock" Argentina, "Quito Fest" Ecuador, twice at the prestigious "Viña del Mar Festival" in Chile, “Ruido Fest” in Chicago, “Lollapalooza” in Chile, and they were the first Latin band to perform at “Cali Roots” in California in 2016. Gondwana has also embarked on numerous worldwide tours such as a 2016 North American Tour that included 53 shows, thus, making it the longest consecutive tour by a Latin reggae band in North America. Some of the cities included Mexico City, Tijuana, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Vancouver, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Montreal, Cleveland, Chicago, and Nashville. The band has also performed in Spain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and France. Since 2010, the band has averaged over 70 concerts per year and has toured the United States and Canada every year since 2011 and occasionally between 1998 and 2009).
A surprising aspect of Gondwana is their notable digital and social media activity as demonstrated by their ever-growing YouTube fan base that’s currently includes over 130 million views with an average of 30,000 monthly visitors accessing the band's official website www.gondwana.cl, and over 1 million followers on Facebook, over 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and 150,000 followers on Instagram. Furthermore, many of their songs have surpassed the 20 million mark on Spotify, including “Setimiento Original,” “Antonia,” and Verde, Amarillo, y Rojo.” This can only be attributed to a strong bond and romance between the band and its fans. The fact that the band maintains such a fan base demonstrates what a massive impact the band has had around the world, especially considering that the band has lacked the support from prominent producers or the support of any one of the major record labels during recent years.
Their most recent album was released in early 2017, titled Carpe Diem, with notable features such as Bob Marley’s son, Ky-Mani Marley, Los Autenticos Decadentes, and Matthew Jacquette from Miami. The album was released in May of 2017 under the prestigious Argentina label, PopArt. Their previous album, released in 2015, was titled “Reggae n’ Roll,” a name that provides a tribute to one of Gondwana’s greatest genre influence: Rock n’ Roll. It is worth noting that the most
influential band for Gondwana was The Police, a classic rock band. In fact, its founder and chief songwriter, bassist I-Locks Labbe began his music career after witnessing The Police perform at the Viña del Mar music festival in 1982; the inspirations provided by The Police’s concert led to Labbe forming what would become Gondwana in 1987 and eventually performing at the same festival 10 years later.
GONDWANA is officially comprised of the following members:
I-Locks Labbe on bass (30 years with the band), Keno “Fingaman” Valenzuela on keyboards (27 years with the band), and Jorge “Gato” Ramos on saxophone (25 years with the band). Current permanent guest musicians include singer and songwriter Maximiliano “Maxi” Vargas who is currently enjoying his second stint with the band after performing with the band for 5 years in the past. Other musicians include Nelson “Pez” Lopez on guitar (25 years with the band), “Pancho” Contreras on trumpet (15 years with the band), Francisco “Panty Tone” Martinez on guitar and backup vocals (5 years with the band), and Claudio Loyola on drums (1 year with the band but had previously performed and recorded with the band for 6 years in the past).
Discography (Year / Title of Album)
• 1998 “Gondwana” (US edition “Together” released on RAS Records, Produced By Dr. Dread of RAS Records)
• 2000 “Alabanza, Por La Fuerza De La Razon” (US edition “Second Coming,” Released on RAS Records
• 2002 “Made In Jamaica”
• 2004 “Crece”
• 2007 “Resiliente”
• 2010 “En Vivo En Buenos Aires” CD/DVD
• 2011 “Pincoya Calipso” (Greatest Hits)
• 2012 “Revolución”
• 2015 “Reggae n’ Roll”
• 2017 “Carpe Diem”
E.N Young is a roots musician born and raised on the USA/Mexico border in San Diego, California. E.N started playing piano at age 6, which was the beginning of his musical life. His parents bought him a white upright Samick Piano that he still records and plays on today. At age 12, he broke his left arm and the doctor recommended some physical activity to help recover. In response, his father bought him a drum set to help with his recovery. Not only did it help physically but E.N found a passion for percussion and drums. With his new drumming talent, he reinvented himself on the piano and his musical world was revealed.
Reggae music has always been a part of E.N Young's life. Growing up with his brothers, Manuel and Mike'Chunky Roots' Marquez, reggae was around and the influence was strong. Daily, E.N and his brothers would search for the next reggae tune that caught their ears and lose themselves within the reggae vibes. Now, E.N is more involved in the reggae scene than ever imagined. Not only has he established a name for himself as an individual artist but also as a writer and producer.
E.N started performing when he was 15 years old and in 2002 he became a member of the band Stranger. As a band they put out four studio albums and toured on the West coast, including Guam and Hawaii; which led them to win the San Diego Music Award in 2009. In 2005, E.N Young met Bonita/Chula Vista locals, Roots Covenant. They played the strongest and most authentic roots reggae sound on the West coast and backed 30+ Jamaican artists. In 2010 E.N began pushing his solo career by releasing his first debut album ‘Luck & Chance No More’ under his new label, Roots Musician Records; he became the first artist under RMR and began to tour as a solo artist. Along his musical path, he has played onstage with many influential reggae artists including Quino Big Mountain, Devastators, Johnny Clarke, Triston Palma, Sammy Dread, Heptones, Everton Blender, Jah Batta, Michael Palma, Sister Nancy, Edi Fitzroy, Anuhea, Tamarama, Stranger, Carlton Livingston, Don Carlos, Slightly Stoopid, the Abyssinians, Clear Conscience, Eek A Mouse, English Man, Gonzo, Tribal Seeds, Milton Henry and more.
In May 2011, E.N went into studio with Tribal Seeds to produce their new EP ‘SoundWaves.’ The EP was released in July and received world-wide attention. From Hawaii to New York, E.N Young completed a fall national tour as the opening artist for Tribal Seeds. A year after that E.N officially joined Tribal Seeds,playing keyboard, melodica and singing.
Construction of E.N’s studio, Imperial Sound Recording Studio took place in August of 2012 and was completed in January of 2013. Imperial Sound is the most southwest recording studio in the United States; bordering Mexico and the Pacific Ocean. It was a dream that has manifested into a professional recording studio. The doors to Imperial Sound were officially opened on January 2, 2013. As soon as the studio was ready bands began to come through the studio to record some great records. Some of those bands include: Tribal Seeds, High Tide, HIRIE, K Bong, Beyond I Sight, Gonzo, Inna Vision, Clear Conscience and Without Papers. Imperial Sound Recording Studio is located near the Imperial Beach in sunny San Diego, California.
E.N Young is continuing to produce sweet reggae music in his imperial sound recording studio, producing tracks for several bands and artists. He released his 4th studio album ‘Forest Wilderness’ in May of 2018 which consisted of 9 tracks including some big features from the reggae legend Half Pint, Peetah Morgan of grammy award winning Morgan Heritage, Kelissa from the new Jamaican roots revival movement and fellow Roots Musician Records recording artist Inna Vision from Maui. This is his most artistic and free album so far and he believes it will be a bridge for new reggae listeners as well as a continuing foundation for roots lovers. E.N Young's main goal continues to be, to travel the world spreading good through music and inspire others.