History & Performances
Relocated to North Carolina, USA; Creation of VIbrant Films for documenting what was happening in the world of the VI reggae music of St. Croix
Anchants formed in Raleigh, NC.
Anchants began performing with the VI-Raleigh-Caribbean Pageant in Garner, NC.
Anchants perform at Una’s restaurant in Raleigh, NC.
Anchants hosted event which also featured Ras Batch, Ras Attitude and The Zioineers at Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant in Raleigh, NC.
Anchants perform at private venue in Statesville, NC.
Anchants perform at Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC.
Anchants perform at Club Bounce in Durham, NC.
Anchants perform at Bahir Dar Ethiopian Restaurant in Hampton, VA.
Anchants performed at Local 506 in Chapel Hill, NC
Began the works for VIbrance The Arts (“Music, Culture, Arts, Life”) in Raleigh, NC
VTA first release, “Serenity” featured Empress Cherisse.
Second VTA release, “Merkaba” was collaborative work with Empress Cherisse, featuring Anchants.
Anchants perform: @ Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, NC; Lincoln Theater in Raleigh, NC; and performed twice in Wilmington, NC
First performance on STX at “St. Croix Unite Roots Reggae Festival” featuring Cherisse King, Anchants, Sekou, Ambush, Jr. P, Harry Mo, Ima, and headliners, Ras Batch and Ras Attitude.
Guest performances on island at Budhoe Park, Eat @ Cane Bay, Dub in the Rainforest (1-3), and Dub at the Fish Market
VTA release number 3: “Earth I Say!”, ep
- Corner Pocket, Kings Hill, St. Croix USVI;
- UCA/M20 Frederiksted, St. Croix
“Anchants” (an-chants): “Sing songs of praise ‘And Chants’ for the Most High”…
…VIbrance The Arts’ recording Artist spiraling out of St. Croix, Virgin Islands, where it is rapidly becoming the other Island in the Caribbean known for authentic roots reggae music – and with good reason. “Anchants” is another name on the list of good reasons.
The spirit behind the sound, Arif Anwar, relocated in 2000, from St.Croix to Raleigh, North Carolina. In February, 2002, the inspiration for the sound was harnessed, giving birth to “Anchants”, a term that derives from Arif’s personal mantra. Thus he developed VIbrance The Arts (VTA), as an independent record label started that same year, to assist in the recording and publishing of his musical interpretations.
Working with a number of musicians from North Carolina to New York, the sound matured. In 2007, VTA released its first production, “Serenity”, the debut for Reggae Songstress Empress Cherisse. 2008 would mark the release of the second production, “Merkaba”, an Anchants/Empress Cherisse compilation. These works exemplified the unique sound of Anchants, since Arif not only composed, he also produced the music. Playing drums, bass, keys, and percussion, he also wrote, arranged and sang his own pieces.
Arif would return to St. Croix in 2011, bringing with him the sounds that were bubbling in his head when he left the island. While VIbrance The Arts continued the works with the 2015 release, “Earth I Say!”, ep. The album would mark the official solo release for Anchants and features music from Jordan Jones of Iaahden Sounds (STX). Followed by the singles “Kumunity” featuring Blakness Creese, and “Blakk Woman” in 2017. Continuing with the singles, “Binghi”, “Earth”, and “Penny Trait” in 2020. And so far for 2021, we have the single, “Chatty”. VTA would also produce music videos for most of Anchants music.
Definitely an alternative to the norm, as far as roots music is concerned, based on sound and lyrical content, the composition and its translations on stage make for an experience that compels you to begin to study “Arifmatics”. More than a lyricist, with the genius behind the songwriting, he becomes historian, human rights activist, a rebel youth, as well as a concerned father and citizen of our global community. Whether familiar with the work of Anchants or not, from the time you press play, you are in for a meditative journey!
Current Musical Contributors to Anchants' sound:
Ricky “Tuffy” Richards: Lead Guitar
Joseph Gell: Drums
Stephen Ra “Gyptian”: Bass Guitar