The story of Tribo de Jah (Jah’s Tribe) began at the School for the Blind of Maranhão, where the four blind musicians and the fifth member of the band, a musician with a partial sight (just in one eye) met. There, they studied in a boarding school and started developing a taste for music, improvising instruments e discovering timbres and chords. After that, they started making shows in popular dances at the capital city (São Luis) and another cities inside the state doing seresta, reggae and lambada covers.
At this time, emerged the broadcaster Fauzi Beydoun, born in São Paulo, son of Italian and Lebanese, that had lived during four years in the Ivory Coast (Africa), greatly passionate about the reggae culture, effervescent in São Luis during the 80s and that became an almost inexplicable phenomenon in the land of Maranhão, invading first the ghettos and then taking all the city, countryside and even the neighboring states.
Reggae would mark profoundly the already strong and original Maranhão culture, challenged by a minority of conservative intellectuals and embraced by the great mass, who through this musical genre would give the title of “BRAZILIAN JAMAICA” to the capital of Maranhão. Hundreds of reggae clubs with their “radios” (powerful sound equipment that were responsible for spreading the rhythm when it was not yet played on the radios) and then several radio programs that eventually would give in to reggae in search of audience would justify the title received. It was in this setting that Tribo de Jah began to disseminate its reggae roots to the bones, with its messages of love and peace, social and divine politics, which drew away big record companies ‒ radio stations didn’t play their music, TV did not report either and the newspapers ignored that. Independently, Tribo de Jah started doing shows and releasing their albums, and today it has a record label deal and a national distribution.
After ten years of work and a presentation in the main reggae world stage (REGGAE SUNSPLASH FESTIVAL ‒ JAMAICA 95), after having performed in the four corners of the country (from Belém to Porto Alegre, passing through Canecão and Metropolitan ‒ Rio, Palace and Olimpia ‒ São Paulo) and some international shows (Buenos Aires ‒ Argentina, Cayenne ‒ French Guiana, besides concerts in European countries such as France and Italy) they now show the very special moment in the way that Tribo de Jah is walking towards the unavoidable recognition of its work in Brazil and abroad.