Band Member Biographies
DION MILLS A/K/A RAGADY
Dion Mills a/k/a Ragady was born in Antigua, West Indies and raised in St. Kitts, West Indies. He dubs himself as an AntiguanKittitian. While residing in the West Indies, Ragady worked as a radio announcer at station ZDK 1100 for over five years. He moved on to Sugar City Rock 90.3 FM in St. Kitts before relocating to Florida. He is literally a household name in the West Indies and an upcoming stage performer to be reckoned with here in the Central Florida area. As a stage performer he wears many hats: singer/keyboards/arranger/songwriter as well as recording artist. Ragady has played with local Central Florida bands such as Mattox International and Mystik Energy. His latest musical involvement has lead him to be a valuable member of the New World Beat. Ragady’s high energy and unique style is one of a kind.
Originally from Barbados, David relocated to the Central Florida area from New York City along with his fellow band mates from the group Culture In Effect in 1991. He has maintained prominence on the reggae music scene, noted for his hefty bass lines. Following the dissolution of Culture In Effect, he ran with the band World Wind for a few years before joining up with Mphasis, which has lasted the past eight years. Throughout the course of his musical career, he has backed a number of top reggae entertainers including Cutty Ranks, Apache Indian and General Degree, in addition to opening for the likes of Mad Cobra, Yellowman, Third World, and Inner Circle. He now is a member of both Mphasis and New World Beat.
LINDEN PAUL AARON
Linden Paul Aaron migrated from Guyana in 1968 to New York City, where at the young age of 12 years old he was a disc jockey at private parties. At 13 years of age, he took an interest in playing drums and within a years’ time, Linden was performing with his older brothers in and around the New York area. He developed his skills to the point that he was playing drums with various New York local bands. Club music during the 1980’s was Linden’s main focus. In the 1980’s, he started performing with the Pushe Band, and landed a recording contract with East Street Records. His single with that record company was “Don’t Take Your Love Away”. That record was aired on radio stations in the New York area such as WBLS and KISS FM. It was played in nightclubs during that era. After Pushe Band, Linden moved on to play with Anthony Malloy, former member of Tempo. Linden Paul Aaron and Anthony Malloy formed a band by the name of Serious Intention, which was known for their hit single “You Don’t Know”, also signed to Easy Street label. Shortly after this period, the band was reformed and took the name Anthony and The Camp. Jellybean Benitez (responsible for Madonna’s fame) was the executive producer on the Anthony and The Camp single which was called “What I Like”. Jellybean Benitez was the force behind the band landing a record deal with Warner Brothers records.
Among some of Linden’s other accomplishments include studio sessions with Whitney Houston, Jocelyn Brown, Phoebe Kates, and Brenda K. Starr. As times changed in the 1980s, Linden’s career took a change as well. His musical style branched out to a new direction into the reggae genre, which includes, but is not limited to, bands such as Reggaelution, Ozzie Dellimore, The Abyssians, Culture, Ras Shiloh and Dennison George.
Linden moved from the New York City area in April 2004 to Central Florida. He was motivated after the World Trade Center attacks to compose together with fellow band mate, Derek Keba Granville, and upbeat tempo message to the world through the music entitled “America’s New War”, performed by The New World Beat Band. He is available as a solo artist to collaborate with other bands, as well as offers his musical talents with several bands he presently performs with as a valuable composer, songwriter, bandleader and musician. Since his relocating to Central Florida, Linden has kept New World Beat Band playing roots, rock, reggae, and has since formed The Touch band (a fusion of music ranging from James Brown, Tina Turner, Sade, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, U2, and rocking with R&B such as Mustang Sally and Shake Your Money Maker….name it The Touch plays it and does it well).