Patrick & Tafari of Zion Sounds International
Zion Sound International was started in January 1999 by Patrick Greene, who prior to creating Zion Sound International had been playing music on sound systems from 1992. In 1997 he took off two years from the music to do some soul searching and draw near to the Rastafari Faith. In 1998 Patrick moved to Texas (Houston) to attend a junior college and obtained a associates degrees in both construction management and construction technology. The name for the sound Zion Sound International was chosen because money was small and the expectations on obtaining dub plates were slim back then. So Patrick named the sound after a word that was most commonly used in most conscious Reggae songs….Zion. The sound was also designed from the inception to be for the next generation, meaning Patrick created the sound for his children. His first son being born in December of 1999 thus the formation of No Ramp Family from 2000 up until 2003 Zion Sound was a mix tape sound. Just making mix tapes of culture reggae and getting them out to the public by whatever means necessary. By mid 2003 Patrick and his family moved forward to the Bahamas (Nassau). It was here Zion Sound International began to further establish itself. Landing a gig as the early juggler in the newly built night club “Da WareHouse”. Patick continued to establish the Zion Sound International No Ramp Family name. Opening for Morgan Heritage in Eleuthera Bahamas, Buju Banton, and Ras Shiloh in Nassau. Doing numerous house parties, and mix cds. Seeing that the sound was intended for his children, who were still very young at the time. Patrick turned his attention to promoting other local talent and djs by recording live sessions/parties and concerts and selling the cds on the streets. It was from such actions he received Future Entertainments Dj Awards “Best Cd/Mix Tape” Award two years in a row 2008 & 2009 (2005-2008) was filled with going from island to island within the Bahamas recording and playing regattas and concerts. During all this Patrick’s two oldest children; Patrick II and Tafari were getting older and were starting to have a good understanding of the sound system culture. By the the end of 2009 Patrick distanced himself from the dj scene and began to further develop his sons talents and love for the craft. Patrick II or Lil Pat as he is known by the family is the selector and Tafari is the mc or mic man for the sound, their first official gig was after they returned to Texas in 2012. They played at Charlie’s Dub Corner at the Austin Reggae Festival, this festival usually boast a crowd of 20,000 plus patrons . The response they received earned them an invite to the 2013 reggae festival in Austin. It was at the 2013 Austin Reggae Festival they gained the attention of the God Alone Promotion team and were invited to play at the Houston Global Jam Concert, one of the biggest Reggae concert line ups to come to Houston. In 2014 they got the opportunity to do the early juggling for Inna Di Session a sound system/selecta showcase in Austin Texas at the Flamingo Cantina. Patrick and Tafari are 17 and 16 years of age but have had years of experience performing along side top ranking artists and Dj’s They are happy to share there talents with the RastFM family and its supporters.