Now performing tracks from their new album OCEAN, Highest Intention honors the tradition of Jamaican roots music while forging its own brand of progressive reggae for the new millennium. Playing to wildly enthusiastic audiences in clubs, concert halls, and festivals up and down the West Coast, Highest Intention is on the rise with a loyal and steadily-growing fan base.
Highest Intention hails from the San Francisco Bay Area with a sound that’s both locally grounded and globally appealing. Coming correct with decades of collective experience as touring musicians and recording artists, Highest Intention is:
Rob David, A.K.A. Ben “Down” Lowe
Lead Vocals / Guitar
Raised in San Francisco, Rob founded the hit underground reggae band Free Energy while attending UC Santa Cruz, and shared stages with the likes of Steel Pulse, Morgan Heritage, the Marley brothers, and Culture, to name a few favorites. As a singer and guitar player, he has also backed some of Jamaica’s best-known artists – including Cornell Campbell, U-Roy, and Andrew Tosh – and had his own songs broadcasted nationally on ABC television. His key influences are Peter Tosh, Culture, and Burning Spear.
Keyboards / Backing Vocals
Born in Canada and raised in San Jose, Danny Dub was a founding member of the pioneering Bay Area reggae band Inka Inka in 1988, at the tender age of 16. He later enjoyed a 15-year run with Santa Cruz heavyweights Dub Congress, producing all three of their albums. He has been a member of respected Bay Area reggae crews Dub FX and Native Elements, and has been a touring keyboardist for legendary Jamaican singers including The Itals and Winston Jarrett.
He is most influenced by the classic reggae rhythm sections from the 1970s and ‘80s, like Roots Radics, Sly & Robbie, the Aggrovators, and the Wailers. A licensed attorney, Danny Dub practices music, entertainment, and general business law when he’s not making music.
Ras Beeken Dan
Sax / Flute / Backing Vocals
A sax player for 30 years, known for founding the mighty JAH! Horns brass section, Ras Beeken majored in music at Long Beach State University and studied under the great saxophonist Tom E. Politzer (Tower Of Power). Sometimes known as the “Mini Dean Fraser” for his musical affinity to Jamaica’s most revered saxman, Beeken has toured extensively with the likes of Eek-A-Mouse, Pato Banton, and Mikey Dread. A versatile and dynamic performer, his work as a touring horn player has taken him across the globe, including all over North America, Mexico, South America, Europe, and Jamaica.
Aaron “Thumpa” Thompson
A native of Dallas, Texas, with Sri Lankan heritage, Thumpa was raised on a steady diet of Burning Spear, Israel Vibration, Steel Pulse, Aswad, and a host of like-minded roots reggae artists. He is a naturally gifted bassist, and is constantly in demand for live performances with the likes of Keznamdi, Ras Attitude, Winstrong, ObeyJAH, Squiddly Cole, and Ragga Lox, to name a few. Thumpa has a degree in audio production from the School of Audio Engineering (SAE), and also owns a satellite internet company.
John “Raka John” Flaherty
Drums / Percussion
Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, John moved to the West Coast and became a key fixture in the Bay Area funk and acid jazz movement of the 1990s, performing with high-profile groups like the Funkanauts, Junk, Alphabet Soup, Midnight Voices, and Music After Disco. Transitioning into the reggae scene, he was quickly recognized for his tremendous chops and ability to move a crowd from behind the kit. Over the years he has toured and performed with some of reggae’s greatest stars, including Twinkle Brothers, Della Grant, Don Carlos, Sugar Minott, and Spragga Benz. A tireless composer, producer, arranger, and mixologist, John is also a certified chef.