Hayes Kali Thurton; singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer has been an ambassador for Canadian reggae music since 1976. Growing up in Trinidad, Kali and his family moved to Toronto n 1972. A student in sciences at University of Toronto at the time, Kali found himself absorbing the culture of Rasta. With the likes of Reggae greats Leroy Sibbles, Johnny Osborne, Ernie Smith, Jackie Mitto and Carline Davis on the scene, Kali was able to learn the ropes in this distinguished environment.
After some years in Toronto gigging and touring, kali packed up and moved to Montreal . In 1980, he joined a young group of rastas called Selah. Although only together for three years, the band shared the stage with numerous international acts like UB40, Steel Pulse, Gregory Isaac, Black Uhuru, the Clash, and more luminaries of the time. Kali then launched Dub Trio, a three piece group which expanded to Dub U 5, a twelve piece multi-cultural outfit that lasted for five years and further established Kali on the Montreal scene.
Kali's fourth and longest running band is Kali and Dub. Started in 1986, Kali and Dub has proved to be a comfort zone for Kali. The band released two vinyl; EP-Uncensored Reggae, and LP- Human Rights. In 1996 the band released their first CD- Rise Up which was subsequently nominated for a Juno award. Along with wins as Best Live Reggae Band at The Toronto Reggae awards, Best World Beat Band at the Montreal Independent Music Award in two years running, Kali solidified his name as a leading local and national musician. Kali and Dub has shared the stage with acts like The Wailers, Burning Spear, Aswad, Ziggy Marley, Black Uhuru, The Meditations, and the Mighty Sparrow among many others. The band's second CD Weapons of Mass Construction continued in the reggae tradition of roots and culture, dancehall and calypso.
Holding true to his philosophy and integrity, Kali's music continues to grow even today. With the planned release of a new CD this summer, Kali's music is more socially relevant and stronger than ever today. The maturity gained through years of consistent recording and performing is unmistakeable. A positive message, a great voice and a riveting live performance is what Kali has bringing to reggae and Canadian music for nearly three decades.