Bankie's Story

1977 - The Dreamer

Track 4 on Bankie's album "Roots & Herbs" conveys the dream that Bankie had as a young boy and
aspiring musician.  He dreamed of writing music and playing songs that would touch people and get them
thinking.  Bankie released "The Dreamer" as a track on his very first album in 1977 - "Where I And I
Abide".  Bankie never imagined how well received and respected his music would be.

1983 - The Battle's On

Bankie released his album "The Battle's On" in 1982.  In the years before, Bankie Banx And The Roots &
Herbs had become a staple in the Caribbean reggae scene and it seemed that their star had reached its
peak when they were invited to perform at Reggae Sunsplash in 1983.  It was only the beginning as
Bankie launched a full scale Caribbean tour and laid the groundwork for 4 years of touring in Europe.

1986 - Missing

By 1986, Bankie had a new band and was touring Europe and working for his break.  His song "Missing",
recorded as Track 8 on his CD "Island Boy" captures what Bankie was missing.  He was working, touring
and making music, but he was missing home and family.

1991 - Island Boy

Bankie returned to Anguilla in 1987 only to find that things had changed dramatically since he left.  Some
of the faces were the same, but so many things were different.  He once again packed his bags to follow
his dream, and this time he was an Island Boy in New York.  Bankie's career gathered steam and he
became one of the better known and loved reggae acts working up and down the East Coast.

1994 - Busted In Barbados

Bankie and his New York based band were hot!  With "Terrestrial Spirits" and "Island Boy" under his belt
and demos for his first major label release polished up, Bankie was "Busted In Barbados."  Bankie
recounts opening the door to his hotel room in Barbados to find 5 or 6 cops with guns drawn at his door.  
Bankie was arrested on suspicion of Marijuana possession.  Although later acquitted, the damage was
already done.  Bankie lost his visa and seemingly the chance to fulfill his dreams.

1996 - Stuck In Paradise

It took a while for the reality to sink in.  For 10 years, Bankie would not be able to return to the U.S. and
perform for his fans there.  Determined to follow through, Bankie immersed himself into building The Dune
Preserve, and growing what was before only his personal showcase - Moonsplash.  Since then,
Moonsplash has grown into the region's premier festival and The Dune Preserve has reached icon status,
being featured on TV and in magazines around the world.  Bankie is still in paradise with no plans on
leaving.

2003 - Find It

True to his own lyrics, Bankie has found what he's looking for.  He is in a place all his own, making music
he loves, and jamming with his friends in his own backyard every year during Moonsplash.  And yes, he
gets to travel and meet  great people.  Life is good!
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