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Jamaican/American lead vocalist, Kimiko Joy, captures a myriad of influences in her performances. She writes and sings songs in every genre, from Blues and Jazz to R&B and Soul to Reggae and traditional classical Indian, Joy’s vocal stylings combine passionate, heartfelt melodies with powerful poetry. “Music is a parallel dimension that can express the language of the soul. My job is to translate.” 

Joy's latest project, the RUBaDUB POSSE, honors her musical roots foundation and heritage. As a Berkeley, California native reggae music was a common back drop to the natural and holistic lifestyle of Joy's family and community. From running around at local festivals as a child, to dancing at the night clubs as a young adult, the evolution of reggae has been an guiding force in developing the artistry of joys musical growth. 

Joy's creative ambitions have lead her to sing with internationally known artists such as Booker T. Jones, Les Nubian, Zap Mama, the Hieroglyphics, and Lyrics Born. The many influences in Joy's career are all captured in an independent album release, MICROCOSMIC, in collaboration with the live band, Dynamic. “We created a musical canvas that's intense, danceable, catchy, sexy and humorous all at the same time. It’s my greatest work yet.” 

MICROCOSMIC- 2013 (iTunes)
WILDFLOWERS- 2013 (iTunes)
DYNAMIC EP- 2005 (iTunes)
PARIS & KIMIKO at the XROADS- 1999 (CDbaby)

​About Kimiko



Reggae music tells the narrative of love, liberation, unity, justice, upliftment and empowerment of all people. Although this “one love” music originates in the heart of Jamaican culture, its impact permeates communities all over the globe and inspires multi-generational audiences. In honor of this powerful music and it's message, the RUBaDUB Posse (aka the RUBaDUBz) pays tribute to the greatest reggae legends of our time.

The RUBaDUBz are a 6-11 piece, female fronted, live reggae band that performs songs going back to the original roots of reggae. Their live show features classic tunes from the rocksteady, roots, dub, rockers and lovers rock era all the way to dancehall and contemporary reggae. The RUBaDUBz’ repertoire includes artists and bands such as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Steele Pulse, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff, Toots & the Maytals, Marcia Aitken, Barrington Levy, Sister Nancy, Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Dawn Penn, Estelle, Third World Band and Sade to name a few.

Lead Vox- Kimiko Joy

(Les Nubian, Zap Mama, EnVogue)

Bass- Waddell Bell

(Don Carlos, President Brown, Junior Toots)

Keys- Joe Bressler

(Everton Blender, Capleton, Sugar Minot, Sister Carol)

Guitar- Vince Black

(Black Uhuru, Wailing Souls, President Brown, Judy Mowatt)

Drums- Darian Gray

(Booker T Jones, CeeLo Green, Lyrics Born, Ledisi)

Percussion- Mario Vela

(The Ethiopeans, The Itals, Isaac Sallassie)