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The Music of Dax Lion-the Raptures of Charles Watts

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While most upcoming artists tend to lack a strong identity and position on their music and their message Dax Lion, a Roots Reggae artist, is cut from a different cloth. Emerging with the heart of a lion he is unabashedly clear on his mission to convey world-reaching messages while embracing Rastafari in a solid, bass-driven Reggae groove.

Hailing from the city of Kingston with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment and Cultural Enterprise Management, Dax Lion was infused with the rich musical roots of Jamaica from a young age. He began to collaborate with artists such as Biggz General and Elise Dash. Currently, Dax is performing in the United States and Jamaica and is working on an upcoming album. 

Early in his career, Charles Watts had an underground play “Visigoths” produced in Los Angeles which led to script writing contracts for several TV series, including “Kojack” and “Here Come the Brides.” He fled Hollywood, got an MFA in poetry and went to Iran to teach literature at several Universities. For five years, he edited Seizure, a magazine of poetry and fiction. He has also been a cab driver, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, refugee worker in camps in Malaysia, Indonesia, and Costa Rica, and owner of a tour company.  His poems and stories have been anthologized in “Road Poets” and “Karma in the High Peaks,” which won the “People’s Choice Award” for best book of 2010 from the Adirondack Center for Writing. His poems won first place at the North Country Writers Festival in 2009 and 2012.

His most recent publication is a collection of short stories, “Raptures,” published by Ra Press in September, 2012. “Raptures” has been nominated for the fiction award, 2013, by the Adirondack Center for Writing. He currently teaches at North Country Community College in Saranac Lake, NY.

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