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Poor Man Friend celebrating 20 years of making Reggaemusic.

Reggaeband Poor Man Friend has been making music for about two decades. On this page more news from when it al started to become serious unto the last projects of the band.

In June 2013, after more than 2 years of non-activeness, we reunited with some core members of the band to do some free format jamming. It ended up being an amazing jam session with old and new riddems. So in dutch we say "Het bloed kruipt waar het niet gaan kan "meaning the blood still flows where it can't go.

Line up back in 2013


REGGAE Meets MC Brainpower!
(Inna Different stylee)

Poor Man Friend hit some new ground in 2013. The ongoing partnership with the Blackstar Foundation has resulted in a small new project with the famous Dutch performer named Brainpower. This artist is mainly focessed on Dutch Hip Hop but  is truly inspired by ska and reggaemusic. The Dutch Reggae band PMF shakes hands and unites to emphasize the relationship and influence of Reggae in Hip Hop to the Dutch public. Hence this is the reason why we continue the next text in Dutch..

Brainpower vecht en baant z n eigen weg door het Nederlandse Hip Hop circuit en dat is maar goed ook. Zolang deze niet Ras maar ras-artiest zelf de toon zet, blijft z'n muziek in welke vorm dan ook interessant, tijdloos en creatief genoeg. Door samenwerking met Blackstar Foundation krijgt dit z'n uitwerking in een ware Reggae EP. Wie had dat gedacht? Brainpower goes Reggae..

De Nederlandse rapper Brainpower komt dit jaar met z'n eigen Reggae EP genaamd Dub & Dwars. De CD bevat reggaeversies van 6 van zijn meest bekende nummers, plus een nieuw nummer, de titeltrack Dub & Dwars.

Wil je zien wat dit live teweeg brengt kom dan in ieder geval naar het zwarte Cross festival op 17/18 juli aanstaande. Het Zwarte Cross Festival heeft dit jaar een eigen Reggae podium! I Repeat (zanger van Beef) verzorgt de programmering van het gehele gebeuren en ook Blackstar Foundation is van de partij met verschillende artiesten.. 

Het optreden van Smiley staat gepland op zaterdag 17 juli rond 13:00 uur. Brainpower betreedt het podium samen met Reggaeband Poor Man Friend op zondag 18 juli rond 16:00 uur.

Meer informatie click:

Funx website
MC Brainpower website
Blackstar Foundation website

  Reggae release by Chezidek (2010) with a Dutch fingerprint?


Chezidek probably rules not only this spring or summer but also the rest of this year with this brand new album called "Judgement Time". An album that comes up with a special guest appearance on this track called "On The Move" with no one else than the one and only Dean Fraser. The legendary musician brings you the best on his saxophone in cooperation with the Dutch saxophonist Hans van Scharen who supported PMF live on stage alongside Vivian Jones. Hans is part of a (Dutch) Reggae collective called "Not Easy at all productions" based in Amsterdam (NL).

The rich sound of this album is because of the very professional approach, great studio gear and musicians of this crew from Amsterdam Holland (some of them coming from Leiden) in combination with JahSolidRock music.
Both independent Reggae labels hereby prove to deserve all the international attention!. Once again we send 100 % respect to Not Easy at all Productions & JahSolidRock Music for dropping the Roots Reggae bomp of the year!

The album is available (below) and shall definitly wake the town and tell the people especially in Holland when you realize that it is in fact a production with a Dutch fingerprint.
Hans and crew you did one hell of a Job!
An album worth to mention..Loud and Clear!.

More info on:

Not Easy at All
Jah Solid Rock

  Julian Simmons aka Ras Falasha (Aruba) and Poor Man Friend support act for Tony Rebel & Queen Ifrica!

Paradiso Januari 28th: More roots reggae from the PMF yard right away from the start as the first gig in 2010 will be a live support act for two big Reggae giants in Paradiso Amsterdam coming up thursday January 28th. Tony Rebel and Queen Ifrica will be there doing a great live show that will start with a very special quest named Julian Simmons a.k.a Falasha supported by Poor Man Friend. Falasha is well known on the Island of Aruba where he is normally being accompanied by his Isis band. Two years ago Luciano (PMF) met the Rasta crew on the Island and shared his vision that one day the roots reggae by Falasha should be heard in Europe especially inna Holland. The day has come where the I shall join PMF on stage calling out to all reggae fans, especially the roots reggae lovers from Aruba, to support their hero. Poor Man Friend is proud to be there making the Rastaman vibes live and direct straight from that other caribbean (reggae) Island.

Falasha promoting his late album called
Cultivate Your Mind

More Falasha: Click here
Check out: This short recording in Amsterdam




PMF band back into real Roots Reggae with Vivian Jones(JAM/UK)




Hail the Roots. Love the Loversrock! Yes we've seen projects succeed before but this one will be crucial times. Poor Man Friend goes back into original roots Reggae music again with a UK/Jamaican artist that has inspired many of us decades ago. As you can read in the about section you might have noticed that the core band members of PMF grew up way back in the 80's. That time Reggae music spread enormously fast from the UK heading straight into Europe. Where Chris Blackwell brought Bob to Europe you could see a remarkable impact on UK Reggae music that time. From Roots Reggae to Lovers a whole new generation got inspired. This brought us bands like Aswad, Steel Pulse, Misty in Roots etc. One of the great pioneers responsible for that movement is Vivian Jones who will be performing with Poor Man Friend starting at the end of the season. Never heard of Vivian Jones? Than go check out the vibes behind his music and you'll surely never forget this honorable great man...who stands for lovers rock to one of his best rootical albums ever made. Other great news to mention is that the former bass player of PMF named PJ aka Papa J will be back in place especially for this Irie project.
Check out songs like: Bit of your Loving - Flash it and Gwan

At the age of ten Vivian Jones left Trewlaney, Jamaica, in 1967 to settle in England. In 1977 he joined the band the Spartans and began to write his own material. A couple of bands later, Vivian went solo and achieved a number 1 in the reggae charts in 1980 with "Good Morning". In 1981, "Black Echoes" magazine voted him the most talented singer/songwriter in the UK. In 1984, he went back to Jamaica, and ended up recording songs with Roots Radics. He returned to England and collaborated with Jah Shaka, and began to concentrate on his own music once more.Vivian and his colleagues initiated a run of hit vocal tunes that proved so successful, even Jamaica had to sit up and take notice. Because he has achieved so many recognized acknowledgements, Vivian is waiting to break into the National Charts.

Check out Vivian Jones in action on Rastaplas via this link

More Information / Shows :
Contact Booking agent


PMF band supporting K-Wida once more on Dutch Queensnight in The Hague.



Lady K-Wida releases duet with the King of Dancehall Yellowman!

One Man Woman is Lady K-Wida's second (cover) single, including a live version with backing band Poor Man Friend and a combination version with the legendary Jamaican singer Yellowman.This latter version is accompanied by a nice video.
More K-Wida & PMF Band on the Download page


Journey to Foreign

Clinark & great collaborations on his
new studio album!

Nurture Projects (UK) bringing out a top production in 2008. Gramps and Peter Morgan, Richie Spice, Brinsley Forde, Maxi Priest, Fantan Mojah Luciano, Irie Love , fellow Bermudian,Troy Anthony and Kofi all feature on collaborations on this big tune album called 'Journey to Foreign'. PMF band hereby congratulates Clinark and crew (based in the UK) with these magnificent works.

Go check out tunes on You Tube like :

As A Man I Weep (feat. Maxi Priest)

Read more below at the bottom of this News page!
  More lady K-Wida + PMF band at:

Check out the MP3 Sample of K-Wida and full PMF band captured live in session for Stork on Air during FM broadcast by Radio West.


Two 7'S Splash Festival (Amsterdam)

K-Wida + Band @ the Lounge Session

  Poor Man Friend featuring Lady K-Wida support act for Alpha Blondy

Together on stage supporting Alpha Blondy once again! Less than a week ago Monday June 16th lady K-Wida and PMF crew were honored once again to meet and greet Alpha Blondy & his superior Band.

Lady K Wida (in centre) with full PMF band and Horn players


Below pictures of the whole PMF crew that set up a tight pre-show as support act for Alpha Blondy and his Solar System live in the Melkweg in Amsterdam by order of Blackstarfoundation.

Lady K-Wida & Alpha Blondy (2008)
More Pictures here


Poor Man Friend contributes on SKANK Sampler (US)

After almost one year - and numerous delays - the latest compilation by Skank Productions (US) is just about ready! Twelve tunes and 60 minutes of the most crucial reggae on the planet! Skank Records is proud to finally present it to you on June 18th and believe it or not, This one is stronger than strong!

Click here to listen
Click here to read more about the album

K-Wida + PMF Band pre-show for Heptones


We are proud to be part of the upcoming show friday the 4th of july where we will line up with K-Wida doing the pre show for the mighty Heptones.

Please enjoy this video clip to get the impression!

Heptones featuring Rude Rich (NL)

Location : P60 Amstelveen

  K-Wida on the loose

Finally time has come for K-Wida to release her energy as a one 100% female Reggae artist sending strong vibes from the Netherlands. She planted seed in lot of bands to grow herself but when it comes to Reggae she has been dedicated growing her roots strongly and well founded inside Poor Man Friend as her fertile soil. K-Wida has always been dedicated to the PMF crew for which we send out a 100% maximum respect.


K-Wida on her upcoming album + K-Wida & Anthony B

Poor Man Friend introduced Lady K-Wida to Blackstar Foundation late 2006 during a rehearsal session alongside
Ras Osagyefo. Since that moment we have encouraged Lady K-Wida to tune in with Blackstar to reach higher levels...

Check out this link and see:
K-Wida and Osagyefo featuring on a 3FM session

Monday June 16th 2008
(Melkweg Amterdam)

K-Wida pre-show of Alpha Blondy

Now K-Wida is ready to rock and send out a sign to the whole wide world of Reggae featuring all woman in Reggae.
PMF band is ready to back her up live on stage in 2008 where she will release her first full blown Reggae Single.
The release party will be held Saturday on the 3rd of May in Amsterdam (see the agenda). For those who 'd like to see K-Wida on an other big event we say come along and join the Reggae party with the African Reggae King Alpha Blondy once again where she'll do the pre-show this time


PMF band chooses for Nelson Mandela Kinderfonds

As promised to our fans who all united (see CD single release) PMF Band has decided to send the first CD single proceeds of 2007(meaning 250 CD singles being sold) straight to the Nelson Mandela Kinderfonds: Quote.. "To all people that united with us we hereby guarantee that we'll continue the initiative to transfer the proceeds of the single to a reliable fund for Children"..... (Read the info about the CD single called "Coffeeshopman" below).


PMF Band & K-Wida / support act for Macka B!

Poor Man Friend will do a short pre-show featuring K-Wida live in the P60. The Reggaenight in the P60 will be continued with the great Macka.B and his band. Macka B has always been interested in music. At a very young age he was impressed by the heavyweight sound system Lord Barley, playing in the blues party next door. The vibrant reggae beat found a place in his heart that remains there to this very day.

Macka.B joined the Ariwa label thanks to Mad Professor and recorded the LP "Sign of the Times" which reached No 1. in the Reggae LP charts. Appeared on Channel 4 Club Mix & 1986 Sunsplash in Wembley Arena. This was the start for the Rastaman to tour through Europe.

Live in P60  Macka-B

Click image to see
the Website of Macka B

Macka.B continues to spread consciousness
and break down the barriers.

  First Pre-show for Alpha Blondy in 2007...

Click picture to enlarge and see
Dancer Aronnette , Alpha Blondy & PMF Band

Featuring OSAGYEFO straight from GHANA!

It is November 17th 2007. Having met international reggae artists like Bushman and Yellowman in earlier in 2003/4 this time in the year 2007 we were honored the uppermost by shaking hands with the biggest living Reggae legend from the African continent (Ivory Coast). Though we did not have any serious intention to meet the man the positive vibes backstage just strike us and simply dwelled us together for a short wonderful moment not to forget.

We left Alpha the latest PMF CD single "CoffeeshopMan" hereby representing Amsterdam as a Dutch souvenir coming from our Reggae PMF band. This night Poor Man Friend band enjoyed powerful and uplifting vibes backing up Ras Osagyefo for his short 30 minute pre-show as support act for Alpha Blondy.
  Alpha Blondy really appreciated the good vibes and gave us the opportunity to shoot a nice picture with some of the PMF crew. For those of you who have not heard the brand New CD of Alpha yet we can definitely say to take the next for granted. His new album called "Jah Victory" is probably the best Reggae album to be compared with his early release called "Jerusalem" that came out during the mid 80's featuring the Wailers. This Reggae night in the "Melkweg" in Amsterdam was definitely a Jah Victory!.. so we say hail the African vibes and thank you Reggae people of Amsterdam.

Flyer MELKWEG Amsterdam


OSAGYEFO + Poor Man Friend band
(Click Image and meet Osagyefo)

  PMF & Ras Osagyefo on Rastaplas festival

The spirit is give thanks to the Artists and Robbie Roots for the support who introduced the Dutch Reggae Award 2007 (NL). We were happy to bring Reggae to the Rastaplas Festival in Zoetermeer where Robbie Roots surprised us winning the Dutch Reggae award 2007 handing it over to the PMF foundation band for this year. We give thanks to Robbie as it is an award that sends out an uplifting signal to the music industry here that has to learn a lot more about the Reggae vibes left hidden in our own country. In other words an Irie award that brings Reggae in NL more to the surface.

Dutch Reggae Award 2007


Rastaplas Festival 2007

  Hotter fire blaze straight from Africa Ghana!

We hereby congratulate Osagyefo and Blackstar Foundation with their first official CD release. Let there be much more fire coming up year after year in many many places.

Info or ordering CD click here



View the first video clip of the hottest Reggae Prince from Africa Ghana named Osagyefo presenting his new boom tune called "Hotter fire blaze!'' or click the Album image
(on the left).

  PMF Band and OSAGYEFO on Radio 3 FM

PMF band and Osagyefo got the opportunity to enter deep into the heart of the Dutch national Media Park.

Roaring Lions at Radio 3 FM early in the morning. We where honored to Blaze Fire on that place. Click on the link below.

Radio-3 sessions

We also visited other stations like Stork on Air (Radio West) 27-07, FUNX Rotterdam 02-08 and FUNX Amsterdam 31-08.

Click picture to enlarge..

Click picture to enlarge

ChildRight fund bad in the Media and News!

Serious points and issues showed up in the Dutch media very recently concerning the foundation ChildRight here in Amsterdam. It concerns the organization we started a cooperation with promoting the latest CD Single release.

We regret to say that certain points involve transparency of administration and handling of projects by the Childright organistation over the past few years, as was stated on Dutch television and the newspapers. Pronouncements by the media have damaged a part of our mission because people simply lost confidence in ChildRight and so did we. Fortunately people stick to the Reggae vibes with us and have faith that we shall manage to do what is right.

PMF is focused on the future and is only selling the CD single (mentioned below) for the benefit of children at any time at any place. Therefore until further notice we have decided to freeze the money part we collected from the few hundred CD singles that have already sold. To the people that united and supported us (see info below), we say and guarantee that we'll continue the initiative to transfer the CD single proceeds to a reliable fund for Children. This will be done as soon we reach 500 sold pieces of the CD Maxi single. Which fund it is going to be shall be published on this news page.


Reggae Unity with PMF band spreading CD Single with a mission this summer 2007!

A new CD Maxi single that comes up with three tracks including an unique Dub version will be released. Works have been recorded here on popular demand. The music is destined to pass thru many countries calling all reggae music lovers worldwide to chant and lift up Children. The more singles we sell the more benefit there will be for a Children fund to be announced.


1. CoffeeshopMan  
2. Jah Time has Come (Mandela tribute) 
3. CoffeeshopDub (version)


Hail World!.. Love the vibes? Let's Unite!

See the people who supported us
by clicking on the United Reggae Front list


For Nelson Mandela Kinderfonds


Introducing OSAGYEFO & PMF band with K-Wida together on Africa Festival 2007 Delft (NL)
A natural mystic will be blowing through the air as one of the youngest and biggest talents straight from Africa Ghana shall come over to meet the Reggae mass again. Osagyefo will be spreading deep Reggae vibes from his motherland live on stage this time backed by PMF. The collaboration with Blackstar Foundation has raised an outstanding Reggae album called Blaze' Fire containing riddems and tunes that definitely ought to be compared with the hottest releases of today. All is planned to be released this summer. A summer where forces shall dwell together live on stage into a unique solid Reggae experience. Read the story about Osagyefo on myspace and feel free to check some of his big tunes on it already. Hail Osagyefo...Hail the Blackstar Crew.


Read the Dutch Press report


CD Released (Live album with PMF band)

We say big up to Clinark and the London Crew!
Not to forget all other Clinark fans in Bermuda and UK as well.

Clinark - Live in Holland with PMF band
(Click on the image for info about the Album)

By Nurture Projects (UK/Bermuda)

We say thanks for the support! Clinark backed by Poor Man Friend Band live on stage was recorded on friday May 5th 2006. The CD got spread in Bermuda, UK and Holland.

Clinark at Horsehoe Beach in Bermuda

More about Clinark...

Click on the image for more information.
Visit the website.


Poor Man Friend meets Clinark (Bermuda/UK) & Zema (USA/JAM)

Poor Man Friend started with some interesting live gigs at the beginning of may this year. Friday may 5th and Saturday may 13th two shows got confirmed in Leiden and Oss which means a roots reggae crew skanking again but this time in close cooperation with Nurture Projects from the UK. The PMF crew got linked with London to back up a guy named Clinark and sista Zema for a live debut in the Netherlands.

Clinark has co-written and co- produced a new collection of works, aptly titled Journey. It is a fruitful project that started with London based producer and drummer, 'Technical T' on the emerging Nurture Projects music house. Clinark teamed up with the best Reggae producers/musicians in the UK aka Mafia & Fluxy and Gussie P taking his latest album to the highest level. Clinark is back to recover his place on the reggae road map. His release Dem Come, which he sang under the name of Dillinjah on the Dread Unity label in 2004, was a truly modern day cyber production with Clinark writing and voicing tracks in Bermuda with the production being done in the UK. Now all of this is to be rewarded with an amazing powerful Reggae release in 2006 produced by the best. This will definitely light up the Reggae Torch which you cannot miss. You can read more about this release above on this news page.


Click to see more!             Click to see more!


Zema the main act of the show is a well established Reggae daughter in US/Jamaica.Tony Rebel recently put Zema in the line up of Jamaica's one and only Roots Reggae Festival called Rebel Salute. Zema just finished recording a new album set for release in 2006 to be launched and received in Holland as well. Zema's fourth album was recorded primary at Bob Marley's Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston JA, with Sly and Robbie, The Gladiators, Horsemouth, Ansel Collins and Dalton Browne. Zema's latest album presents combinations with Al Griffiths of the Gladiators ( and Mark Wonder. So it is not a surprise to read more about this daughter on the website. The vibes right so check it out yourself. Click Zema's picture and keep skanking!



Click picture and listen Clinark live!

Picture by Ron Rutten (NL)

Click picture and listen Zema live!

Picture by Ron Rutten (NL)


Ras Elijah Art gallery in the Netherlands still visited by thousands of visitors!

Visit the online Gallery of Ras Elijah Nicholas (by clicking his picture on the left). Daily we get many hits on his painting images. Feel free to pass a glance at his Rasta art. If you like you can leave him a message about his gallery at the end of his online exhibition. Forward the gallery link to people at places who might be interested in transforming a piece of their wall into, what the Rasta man calls, the Art of satisfaction


Ras Elijah Nicholas

Click this link to visit the Rasta Gallery

(Ras Elijah Nicholas member of PMF band)