Dread Mar-I is a charting, best-selling Argentine reggae singer, songwriter, and bandleader. His sensual, passionate vocal delivery ranges over a style that combines deep roots reggae with the sweetness of lovers rock. Dread was born Mariano Javier Castro in Quequén, Argentina in January of 1978. When he was seven years old, his family moved to Maipú, a suburb of Buenos Aires. Besides going to school, he worked in his father’s bakery. His interest in music, reggae, and Rastafarianism in particular came about during these tender years, as he heard Bob Marley’s music in the neighborhood. He graduated high school and worked, honing his musical chops at night.