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After a successful 10 years with the award-winning Washington, DC-based S.T.O.R.M. Reggae Band (Strong Talented Organized and Real Musicians), founder and lead singer/deejay Denton "Monsoon" Bedward has stepped out to launch his solo career. A native of Northern Clarendon in Jamaica, the veteran singer-songwriter's vocal ability has been compared to reggae veterans Capleton, Luciano and Tony Rebel. But where he really shines is on stage. After all, with a name like Monsoon, Bedward knows he has to come in like a strong wind, without mashin’ up the place too much. If you ask Monsoon, he'll tell you his passion to explode musically has always been in his DNA.

His talent has been discovered by a variety of producers and bands in the area. He recorded a track entitled, "Love and Unity" that garnered attention as far as Japan. Monsoon is currently recording songs with top producers in Jamaica and is promoting his reggae single, "Asalaam-Alaikum," which Number 7 on the International Reggae Singles Chart and being received emphatically in Jamaica, Italy, England and Canada.

Monsoon, who performed at President Clinton's inauguration and has opened for international recording artists (including Shaggy, Buju Banton, Capelton, Beres Hammond, Steel Pulse and Third World) is poised and position for his solo career. After that performance, he got another moniker: a modern-day “Toots” (of the famed Toots and The Maytals). “I don’t even want to embrace that one,” he says. Toots is a legend, an icon. I just want to find my own place. Hopefully I will have a few people come along for the ride.”

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