March 22, 2013
Steel Pulse perform at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, NYC. WATCH >>
March 5, 2013 SteelPulse.com relaunched to help fans learn more about us, the music, and our focus on love and justice.
In 1978, race relations in Britain were in crisis. The National Front was gathering power and immigrants lived in fear of violence.
But that year also saw the birth of a campaign - Rock Against Racism (RAR) - aimed at halting the tide of hatred with music - a grassroots movement culminating in a march across London and an open-air concert in the East End. The campaign involved groups like TheClash, Steel Pulse, Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, and others, staging concerts with an anti-racist theme, in order to discourage young people from embracing racist views.
On stage during my performance, I use the Shure Beta 58 Mic. I find the SM 58 Microphone durable and it gives a true delivery to my voice in different environments.In damp weather it translates my vocals well in my monitors and if I should drop it by accident - it stands the test of time. The Shure Beta 58 Microphone along with my Ultimate Ears in ear monitors are a great combination. They make my job so much easier.
Family members who played and sang as part of the entertainment during family get together always surrounded Keysha McTaggart as a child. She soon realized there was a yearning for music and such pastimes would become her passion. While attending primary school, she would embrace that love by performing to her grade 3-class realizing to herself “this was it!”
She continued that journey from the classroom to teenage talent competitions, entering and placing third in the popular Teen Star Search, which only strengthened her passion to experience more.
In 1992, Keysha entered Tastee talent Competition, one of Jamaica’s well-known competitions and won second place. She was immediately elected and placed by John Alexander, as the 4th member of a popular group “Fourth Street Sister”. This young - vogue quartet, already known within the entertainment circle, was on the rise. They went performed with many artists - as an opening act and as background singers. A few years went by working with the group until Keysha took a break to start a family. Her decision led her to work in the corporate world.
Opportunity once again presented itself when in 1995, she accepted the offer to perform with the popular duo Chaka Demus and Pliers. A journey that toured the world extensively thru 2000. In such demand she was approached by manager/producer Richard ‘Bobo” Bell of Star Trail Records to tour with Roots Reggae sensation Anthony B- which lasted a few years.
In 2005, on a break - Keysha was approached by Grammy award winning reggae icons Steel Pulse to join as a female presence on stage.
Keysha has performed with numerous popular Reggae, R&B and Hip Hop acts such as: Diana King, Richie Spice, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Julian Marley, Rita Marley, Junior Kelly, Buju Banton, Gregory Isaaac, Ken Boothe, Jeffery Osbourne, Trina, Bunny Rugs, Richie Stephens, Taurus Riley, Luciano, Cocoa Tea and Pluto Shervington to name a few.
Keysha says “I still get butterflies when I’m about to step onstage as it’s a new day with a new audience who come out to be electrified.” Her passion is to entertain audiences, hoping they will take something home, resulting in knowledge and the love of our music. The stage is where Makiesha ‘ Keysha’ McTaggart comes to her office, and is at her best.