REbel Soulz family
Rayon Othniel Webb
Born Rayon Othniel Webb in St. Mary, Jamaica in 1970, Short Boss enters his third decade as one of the most formidable musicians and producers in Jamaica. His wide range of knowledge, expertise and extraordinary approach to music paved the way for Short Boss to tour, perform or record with some of reggae music’s greatest musical talents including Luciano “The MessenJah”, Dean Fraser, Mason di Emperor, Sizzla, Richie Spice, Tony Rebel, Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, Tanto Metro & Devonte, Cocoa Tea, Morgan Heritage, Sanchez, Lukie D, Tony Curtis, Tarrus Riley, Marcia Griffiths, Junior 'One Blood' Reid, Mikey General, Admiral Tibet, Jah MessenJah Band, Fire House Crew with Danny Bassie, Wrong Move and George Miller among many others. His talent has accorded him the pportunity to travel all corners of the world, performing at world renowned venues.
Short Boss was self-taught from a tender age of 9, continuing his education at St. Jago High School, participating in his school choir as well as a quartet with whom he won a Gold Medal at the JCDC School Festival competition. His desire to break boundaries in his musical career lead Short Boss to attend Enda Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts studying Choir, Harmony and Arranging, Caribbean, Latin, and Jazz (C.L.A.J. Coarse), and Bass Guitar.
In 1993, Short Boss was recruited to join the Fire House Crew with whom he launched his extensive touring experience. Being an accomplished touring musician and working in-studio with producers like Dean Fraser, Clive Hunt, and the late Phillip "Fattis" Burrel, influenced his passion for music production, encouraging him to produce hit projects like the 6 East Riddim featuring various artistes; Changes by Dancehall Artiste, Splinta Bullet; Kunta Kente Pickney, Mama, Accountability as well as others by Culture Artiste, Vijahn; and the Overcome EP by Reggae/Lovers Rock artiste, Mason di Emperor.
You’ll Never Need by Mason di Emperor, featuring Queen Ifrica, ranked #6 on the Stampede Street Charts and #4 on the Ron Muschette World Reggae Charts in Jamaica. The Lover’s Rock album by Mason di Emperor boasts 15 hit songs including two cover songs, one of which features Eban Brown, the lead vocalist of the American group “The Stylistics”. The album reached #3 on Guam's Top 5 charts and was being considered for a Grammy for Best Reggae Album, 2018. A more recent production of the mini Ep, “Freedom”, by Mason di Emperor, displays a different style; fusing reggae and soul genres.
In 2018, Short Boss formed the official band for Mason di Emperor, called "The Rebel Soulz", and on 4 January 2019, as a Keyboardist and the Music Director for "Mason di Emperor & The Rebel Soulz", made history being the first band to record and film a full 13 song album in one take at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Short Boss' with his jovial persona is focused on pushing his musical gift to the limits and beyond to continuously create great music for the world.
Sandrae "Fyah Bassy" Crosdale's charismatic approach is a clear representation of his passion for music and musical instruments.
Fyah Bassy launched his musical career in church where he made his mark, playing various musical instruments amongst many artistes and musicians, expanding his musical education and experience as a part of his Spanish town High School Music club, playing in various school competitions.
Fyah Bassy's music works include being the main bass guitarist for the St. Catherine Brass Band, and most recently, on 4 January 2019, as the Bassist and Band Leader for "Mason di Emperor & The Rebel Soulz", making history being the first band to record and film a full 13 song album in one take at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Fyah Bassy's aim is to reach "The highest level in music and leave a legacy for the next generation".
Andrew "Fyah Keyzie" O’Gilvie, is an innovative and accomplished musician and instructor, who spends countless hours listening to and analyzing various types of music and genre; Jazz, Blues, R&B, Gospel, and Reggae amongst many others. His major influences include Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, Alton Ellis, Derrick Morgan, Dennis Brown, Third World, BB King, Muddy Walters, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, FourPlay, Phil Collins, and Michael Bolton.
Fyah Keyzie is a graduate of Enda Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts where he holds a degree in Music Education. He is currently the music instructor at Calabar Infant, Primary and Junior High School in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 2011, Fyah Keyzie had the honor of playing in the World Championship in Burbank Hilton, Los Angeles, California with the Kingdom Souljazz. Another of his accomplishments includes the production his own music compositions, and most recently, on 4 January 2019, as a Keyboardist for "Mason di Emperor & The Rebel Soulz", making history being the first band to record and film a full 13 song album in one take at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Born Sydney Watson in St. Ann, Jamaica in 1958, Congo Billy enters his third decade as one of the most accomplished percussionists in Jamaica’s music history. The vast knowledge acquired over the years and his impressive delivery of great drum sounds have lead Congo Billy to tour, perform or record with some of reggae music’s greatest musical talents including Jimmy Cliff, Luciano “The MessenJah”, Dean Fraser, Glen Browne, Winston ‘’Bo Pee’’ Bowen, Tarrus Riley, Toots and the Maytals, Tessanne Chinn, The Marley’s, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Third World, Alberosie, and Monty Alexander among many others.
Congo Billy’s musical talents became apparent when he started playing the Congo drums at 17. His first professional engagement was with the National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica, as their first drummer, touring extensively around the world. It was during that time he acquired the name ‘’Congo Billy.’’ In the 1980s, he began to develop his expertise as a Master drummer working with the Jamaica School of Dance, the Jamaica School of Music, and administering drumming workshops throughout Jamaica and England.
In 1988, Congo Billy began his professional career as a performing and recording percussionist when he joined Reggae Artiste Jimmy Cliff’s band recording on the Hanging Fire Album. In 1999, he continued with his musical journey and was recruited for Luciano’s, Jah MessenJah Band, in which he did some performing and recording. His musical talents as a drummer can be heard on the CD ‘Serve Jah’. Congo Billy is also a former percussionist of the Black Soil Band under the leadership of Saxophonist, Dean Fraser and singer, Tarrus Riley.
Over the years, Congo Billy has garnered his skills from Jamaica’s exclusive institutions such as; UWI Dance Society- Performer, Teacher and Master Drummer, School of Dance (Master Drummer), National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica with Professor Rex Nettleford OM (Drummer), Dance Training, Voice Training, Acting, Drumming and Percussion.
Congo Billy has not only played on many albums but has reached other milestones in his musical career. In 2015, creating his own Album called “Variety, The Spice of Life”, and most recently, on 4 January 2019 as the Percussionist for "Mason di Emperor & The Rebel Soulz", making history being the first band to record and film a full 13 song album in one take at Tuff Gong Studios, Kingston, Jamaica.
Marlon Jermaine Dixon
Marlon Jermaine Dixon Junior, born in Manchester, Jamaica in 1997, is a Jamaican Reggae drummer. His entire life and being have been occupied by music. He was inspired to develop his skills as a drummer by his father, and a natural talent for music.
Marlon launched his music career at the Waterford high school music club, where he played in various school competitions. His approach is disciplined and deeply intertwined with music and the performing arts.
Marlon spends countless hours perfecting his craft, and since becoming the drummer for Mason Di Emperor & the Rebel Soulz, his aim to reach the highest level in music and leave a legacy for the next generation are coming to fruition. His work ethic and drive have proven he is one to be admired.