LEFT TO RIGHT REAR - JOEL FINLEY-PINK, ASSANE DIA, MYRA ATKINSON, PRESTON MOORE
LEFT TO RIGHT FRONT KNEELING - WEBSTER JOHN-BAPTISTE, JOHN FOSTER
NATHAN NDJHIRANE- NAMIBIA, AFRICA
GUITAR, VOCALS, SONGWRITER
Nathan came to us from Windhoek, Namibia, in the southern part of the Motherland. He was influenced by Bob Marley's music with the positive message of liberating Africa from colonial powers while experiencing apartheid rule. He started playing guitar at age 12, and played in several bands in his homeland. Nathan relocated to New York in 1983 and performed with several world beat bands. After he moved to Kalamazoo, he formed his band "Yoroka" and soon became a welcomed cultural act.
We lost Nathan in August of 2008, and it has been a terrible void in our lives. We will continue to play his music and carry him with us always.
PRESTON "JUNIOR" KIZER-MOORE - KEYBOARDS, LEAD AND BACKGROUND VOCALS, DANCER
Junior has such an exposure to reggae music from his father, Preston (drummer) that it was a given that he would become a part of the band. He has been singing since the age of 6. A self taught keyboardist, he has laid dowm some sweet chords along with his very smooth and melodic voice. In school he has performed in many productions as well as winning talent shows both at school and other events around the Kalamazoo area. He is also quite the eye catcher when he starts dancing for his mesmorized audiences with his limberness on the floor. His favorite artists are Tevin Campbell, Whitney Houston, Janet and Michael Jackson, Aswad, Third World, Maxi Priest and of course Bob Marley.
Simba Jahi - was one of the founding members of the band along with Nathan Ndjiharine, and current drummer Preston Moore. Simba has more than 25 years of music under his belt, and plays bass with such a passion that makes others take note.
DENNIS "BASSEY" MCCURINE - RHYTHM / BASS GUITAR
Dennis hails from the Windy City of Chicago. He showed talent for music at a young age by making up routines and mouthing lyrics to songs he heard. He learned to read music and play the organ from his father. Later, he became interested in the guitar. His first band was with Ramsey Lewis's three oldest sons until he finshed high school.He later met Red Holt (the half of Young-Holt Unlimited known for the hit Soulful Strut) and played with his son Issac. They formed a band called Phase 2. Dennis later moved to Galveston and formed a band called Rasta International. When he moved to South Haven, Michigan he played classic and country rock, before his joining Zion Lion.
ANTONIO SANTOS - LEAD, RIDDUM, BASS GUITAR
Tony, had his influence in zoukous from his grand parents who were from Cape Verde, Africa. While growing up in Norwich, Conneticut he was surronded by a small population of Cape Verdians and quickly learned to play music. He formed a band with his father and sister called the Santos Family band and played to the audiences around the area playing a style of music that is identifiable to Cape Verde and often sung in Portugese. Tony moved to Kalamazoo, and by some unique way became acquainted with Zion Lion and has played with the band lending his own style to the mix.
Laurent Sagna hails from Senegal. He has played drums for Zion Lion for over a year off and on while our original drummer was ill. Laurent continues to play with us whenever he can, and you can see the joy in his face when he plays. He also plays the djembe' and guitar.