Interview and photos by Jan Salzman – Island Stage

Jan Salzman had a chance to sit down with Pato Banton for Island Stage Magazine and catch up on life and works with his beautiful wife, Antoinette “Roots Dawtah” Hall and his band “The Now Generation” Here is their conversation:

Pato in his studio

This Grammy nominee keeps himself busy, but we found a way to catch up with him.

Jan: How’s everything going Pato?

PatoEverything’s going good at the moment. We just got home from a Florida tour and we’re working on future tours right now. We’ve got a couple releases coming out due in a few days time so yes we’re very busy.

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Interview by: Bill Locey – Ventura County Star

Finding someone as upbeat as reggae star Pato Banton is as rare as someone dying of old age on “Game of Thrones.” Banton is so relentlessly pleasant, he could make a statue of Dick Cheney smile — well, smirk maybe. A frequent visitor to the 805 for nearly three decades, Banton will bring his songs of uplift, joy and hope to Discovery Ventura Thursday, Jan. 12.

Pato by the ocean
Pato Banton will perform at Discovery Ventura Jan. 12. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Banton, reggae’s Mr. Happy, seems to emanate good vibrations and when and if his live shows are ever interrupted, it’s not because of a fight or the arrival of the cops, but rather … a wedding? Always a spiritual guy, Banton shows have been known to end with a prayer circle between fans and rock star.

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