don "daniel" hartley

One of Manchester, UK’s finest – with over three decades of experience sharing his deeply spiritual music – is Jamaican born and raised, Roots Reggae artist, Don Hartley. 

He shot to notoriety on the UK and European Dub scene in 2001 via his association with Manchester, UK’s Nucleus Roots with songs like Run Come Quick, Deep Roots and Irie Meditation / Step it up Rasta.

Don has since then gone on to work with notable producers and labels like Thierry Negro (Faya Dub), Lewis Bennett, Roll & Record, Fat Bird Recordings and Rod Chaplin (MessenJah Music). Working with UK-based producer, I-niverse, he has just completed his debut EP, Song of Creation due out April 1 on all platforms.

Notable gigs include Cabaret Sauvage, Paris (Nov 2013) alongside Nucleus Roots; Hootananny, Brixton (June 2015); The Klondyke, Manchester (September 2016) alongside Ruff Trade; Manchester Carnival 2018; Windrush One Love Festival, Manchester, UK (June 2023)

Don’s brand of reggae although mostly spiritual, has occasionally reflected a devotion to the Pan Africanism of his formative years as well the spirituality he embraced as a Rastafarian in later years as a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel Organization. 

However, in 2006, after a seven year musical hiatus, during which time he embraced further spiritual growth, Don was received into the Orthodox Church in Manchester, UK, receiving the name of Daniel. There, at St Aidan’s Parish, on Saturday evenings he leads the choir in chanting the  prayers among the faithful

Notwithstanding, Don’s roots reggae mission continues entwined as always with traditional biblical themes and expressing truths and rights across ‘boundaries of empires and racial conceptions’. Follow him on all digital platforms for updates.

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