“Minister Pato Banton” is also a Grammy nominated reggae legend that has recorded and toured the world with The English Beat, Steel Pulse, UB40 & STING! (to name just a few). Although his four-decade career has also earned him a place in the British Music Hall of Fame and a BBC Lifetime Achievement Award for his tireless community work to reduce gun crime, his journey has increasingly transcended the music business into arenas of youth outreach, teaching in schools and colleges, writing new curriculum for children with learning disabilities and Global Spiritual Ministry.Continue reading
Introducing Team Italy ManagerMike Piazza is a musical odyssey documentary featuring the music of Grammy nominee Pato Banton. Produced by award-winning director Roberto Angotti, Introducing Team Italy Manager Mike Piazza highlights the celebrated career of National Baseball Hall of Famer Mike Piazza.
The film’s opening scene takes place at the 2020 CON6 Italian Baseball and Softball Convention in Rimini, Italy, where Mike Piazza briefly takes the stage before flashing back to Shea Stadium in New York for the first live sporting event post-9/11. Through the lyrics of his song “What a Come Back”, renowned musician Pato Banton collaborates with director Roberto Angotti to tell the story of how Mike Piazza’s heroic home run helped heal a shaken-up nation in fear. In the case of Mike Piazza, who has beaten the odds from being a last-round courtesy draft pick to becoming a National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee, the opening song exemplifies the resilience and perseverance Mike Piazza and the American people possessed.Continue reading
Racism and racial injustice can no longer be ignored. It’s time to heal the wounds and trauma of racial divide. But how? If these times call for greater love, how do we turn that love into practical, tangible, and real healing steps for humanity? Listen in as renowned Grammy-nominated reggae musicians, and ordained minsters, Pato Banton and Antoinette Rootsdawtah, discuss healing the racial divide with Love.Continue reading
SAN FRANCISCO, April 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Award-winning international artists Pato Banton and Antoinette Rootsdawtah perform A World Free of Nuclear Weapons – Music Video. This video was created at the Unity Earth, United Religions Initiative (URI), and EcoPeace Middle East, historic week-long Holy Land Living Water pilgrimage across sacred sites of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam celebrating United Nations’ World Interfaith Harmony Week. (Report by parliamentofreligions.org.)
“Heart music to save the human family from nuclear weapons. Every positive social movement gives birth to music of the heart. The song’s creation reflects the spirit and qualities of the world we know is possible and needed. While the coronavirus temporarily threatens the human family, nuclear weapons permanently threaten the human family. Every person who cares about the future deserves to hear this song,” says, Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons Initiative.Continue reading
United Religions Initiative (URI)-Africa appointed the renowned reggae musicians Pato Banton & Antoinette Rootsdawtah as Goodwill Ambassadors of the Golden Rule.
The appointment is in recognition of their tireless efforts in promoting through music a culture of peace, unity, interfaith harmony, human dignity, unity, and compassion. It is for being a living example of the teaching of the Golden Rule, which says, “Treat others the way you want to be treated” in different parts of the world, through their music.
Parliament Of World Religions (POWR) – Our first experience was at their 2015 Salt Lake City event titled Reclaiming The Heart of Our Humanity. We were invited by Ben Bowler to help with hosting the 1God.com Booth and it was an especially great experience because our main goal was to find the common ground that all religions share. The feedback was so amazing that we created a video with the responses of religionists from all over the world, including many Urantians!Continue reading
URI’s global network spans 107 countries and over 900 grassroots member groups (called Cooperation Circles), including people from nearly every religion and faith group in the world. For the first time, thanks to Grammy-nominated music legend Pato Banton and the generosity of URI musical artists from across the globe, this incredible diversity is being celebrated in the form of an album of 30 songs.
Throughout an impressive career, Pato has recorded and toured with Sting, The English Beat, Steel Pulse, Ziggy Marley, UB40, and many other impressive musical artists. He has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the BBC and is included in the British Music Hall of Fame. In addition to working with at-risk youth, he has spent the last 30 years touring the world and promoting peace, love, and unity.
Written by: Brian McElhiney – The Bulletin (Bend, OR)
British reggae singer brings spirituality to The Capitol – Everything comes back to community and spirituality for Pato Banton. In the reggae genre, this almost goes without saying. But the London-born singer takes his involvement to a level most of his peers don’t reach, starting with his live performances. His biography on his website and Facebook page describes the prayer circles that often end his shows: “… 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’ & ‘Never Give In.’”Continue reading