Last Chapter of Funk
A Profile of an Original Alternative Black Band
ON-XYZ (ONYX) is a band of musicians that specializes in soul, funk, rock and “reggae music,”
which gained recognition as Detroit's first reggae band. The band has the characteristic "sledgehammer sound"
(hard-driving bass guitar and drums) of years ago, but has added a new mix composed of an electrifying fusion of funk,
World Beat, rock and pulsating dance-hall style reggae rhythms. ON-XYZ also has a new look–-a combination of male and
female vocal and instrumentalist members. The band's show is high energy with contemporary and African dance movements, cover
tunes as well as their original music and sound which blends funk and contemporary R & B into a reggae tinted sound that
is their unique own musical trademark. ON-XYZ,
under the direction of founder, KAS, has recorded and released many CD/Albums, including their mega hit, 45 and their 12-inch
hit single, "Dread Wave." The band has toured the Mid-West, East Coast and Canada
and performed with many of the major acts in the Reggae, Funk and World Beat Category. Some of these acts include Black Uhuru,
Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, Judy Mowatt, Sugar Minott, Ohio Players, DeFunkt, Was Not Was, Miriam Makeba, Inner
Circle and Chaba Fadela and recently Shabba Ranks.
ON-XYZ was awarded the Metro Times (Detroit) "Hall
of Fame Award" in the Reggae Category, and for "Honorable Mention" in the World Beat Category.
The group is mentioned in several issues of Reggae Report; a recent issue of Billboard Magazine; and has been featured in
numerous past issues of the Metro Times, Detroit Free Press; Chicago Reader, New York Village Voice, and The Baltimore Sun.
The Minneapolis Twin Cities Reader; and many, many other major newspapers throughout the Midwest and East Coast, (e.g., Iowa
City, IA, Bloomington, IN, Washington, DC, and Champaign, IL) has featured stories about ON-XYZ in their pages.
ON-XYZ is heralded as one of the most explosive sounds in music.
Formed as ONYX in 1978 in Detroit, Michigan the band quickly became the premier band in the Detroit
metro area. They are considered by most to be one of the most exciting original, highly versatile and polished bands to emerge
from the motor city. Carrying on the great musical tradition of such giant rock and roll innovators as Bob Marley and the
Wailers, Prince, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix and others, they have developed a loyal following in every city they have played.
ON-XYZ has performed in major rock venues; festivals; bars; discos; clubs; and the Midwest college circuit from Iowa City,
Iowa (Cabes/Oasis) to New York City (CBGB's) to Chicago (Tuts) to Bloomington, Indiana (Bluebird) to New London, CT. (Reggae
Lounge) to Minneapolis (The Uptown) to Champaign, Illinois (Mabel's) to Baltimore, Maryland (Max's).
ON-XYZ is currently involved in several projects. A new compact
disc featuring brand new songs and material is scheduled for release in 2008, and after this project is completed, the group
plans to release another compact disc in 2008, entitled, "The Best of ON-XYZ". An early member
of the New York based Black Rock Coalition; the band has toured nationwide at major outdoor
festivals as part of the BLACKAPALOOZA TOUR. The band also gave three funked-up splendid performances
at the Annual Washington DC Reggae Festival.
Members of the band include: KAS, keyboards; and alternating vocalists and musicians: Saloma Powell and Olutayo Shirly
Hackwood, vocals; Raka Sankofa and Ray Parrot, drums; Tahara Yakini, congas; Faruq Z. Bey, saxophone; Ginus Khafani, bass
guitar; and Ronald Smith, guitar. Also appearing with the band are guest performers, dancer, Yetunde Sonya and Dub Poet, Ibn
Pori. Together these talented group of well-trained musicians and performers natured on Detroit's rich rhythm and blues tradition
and history deliver a powerful show-stopping live performance with a style and sound all their own that is full of color;
sound; dance; movement; showmanship and inspiring music.
ON-XYZ live is a spectacular musical stage show of beautifully crafted and arranged reggae, funk and world beat songs.
ON-XYZ's shows are an entertainment highlight of the outdoor music festivals in the United States, and a definite crowd pleaser.
It is an electrifying fusion of about 50 percent dance rhythms, rock, funk, reggae, metal, dub and messages of social-political
change and spiritual upliftment. The music performed by ON-XYZ is simply incredible live.
The Best of
ON-XYZ New CD/Album/MP3 Release Coming in 2013.
DANCE LITTLE CHILDREN DANCE, 12
inch single,Solar Sundanese Records, 1979.
WE CAME TO ROCK YOU, 12
inch single,Solar Sundanese Records, 1980.
3 DREAD WAVE, 12 inch single,Solar Sudanese Records, 1981.
4 BODY ROCK, (as Virginity) 12 inch single,Sutra Records, 1986.
5 WOMB MUSIC, CD, Popp Records, 1987.
6 SHAKE-UP YOURSELF, CD, Popp Records, 1988.
7 RIGHT NOW! CD, POPP INC, 1993.
8 YOU GOT SOUL, CD/MP3, POPP INC/POPPMusic.net, 2012.
MAJOR RECORDING ARTISTS ON-XYZ
HAS OPENED FOR
RANKS, Detroit, MI
DeFUNKT, New York, NY
MOWAT, Washington, DC
MARCIA GRIFFITH, Washington, DC
TIPPER IREA, Detroit, MI
CULTURE, Detroit, MI
CIRCLE, Washington, DC
THE WAILERS, E. Lansing, MI
SUGAR MINOT, Ann Arbor, MI
OHIO PLAYERS, New York, NY
JIMMY CLIFF, Detroit, MI
EKKA MOUSE, Kalamazoo, MI
CHABA FATALA, Detroit, MI
SONNY OKOSUNS, Detroit, MI
FONDAY MUSA SUSO, Detroit, MI
UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES
Ohio State University, Columbus,
University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Wayne State University, Detroit,
Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
BANDS ON-XYZ SHARED THE STAGE WITH
BRIDES OF FUNKENSTEIN
WAS NOT WAS
Some Venues ON-XYZ HAS PLAYED
The Wildhare, Chicago, IL
Exedus II, Chicago, IL
Cross Currents, Chicago, IL
Watering Hole, Chicago, IL
West End, Chicago, IL
Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL
Uptown, Minneapolis, MN
Mabels, Champaign, IL
Raffaelle's, Champaign, IL
McGreevy's, North Brook, IL
Mill Tavern, Springfield, IL
AirWaves, Carbondale, IL
Gabes/Oasis, Iowa City, Iowa
The Stablizer, West Lafayette, IN
Club, Bloomington, IN
The Wetlands, New York, NY
C. B. G. B.'s, New York, NY
ONE's, New York, NY
Gas Station, New York, NY
The Peppermint Lounge, Orange, NJ
Max's on Broadway, Baltimore, MD
DC Reggae Festival, Washington,
The Safari Club, Washington, DC
Pillum's Place, Detroit, MI
State Theatre, Detroit, MI
Club, Detroit, MI
Bookie's Club, Detroit, MI
Madison Theatre, Detroit, MI
Alvin's, Detroit, MI
MORE VENUES ON-XYZ HAS PLAYED
Royal Oaks Theatre, Detroit, MI
Cobb's Corner, Detroit, MI
Jamaican Club, Detroit,
Second Chance, Ann Arbor, MI
Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
The Pointe/Hop, Grove Pointe, MI
Electro Music Cafe, Royal Oaks,
Reggae Ambassadors World Wide Convention, Grand Rapids, MI