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The Black Seeds Cross Over

The Black Seeds – Fabric

Black Seeds – Fabric (Easy Star, 2017)

Black Seeds, one of the most successful international reggae bands, changes course on Fabric. While there is still some great reggae in Fabric, the band ventures deeply into a crossover sound of funk, soul and pop.

Some of the highlights of the album are the first two tracks, “Better Days” and “Everybody Knows.”

 

 

Personnel: Barnaby Weir on vocals and guitars; Daniel Weetman on vocals and percussion; Jarney Murphy on drums; drums; Nigel Patterson on keyboards; Ned Ngatae on guitars, vocals and keyboards; and Francis Harawira on bass and bass synth.

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Super Ape Indeed Returns to Conquer

Lee “Scratch” Perry & Subatomic Sound System – Super Ape Returns to Conquer (Subatomic Sound SS 033CD, 2017)

The wizard of dub music, Lee “Scratch” Perry will release Super Ape Returns to Conquer on September 22, 2017. The new album is an explosive mix of percussive roots reggae, masterful dub electronic effects, Ethio brass and the booming bass that is so popular now.

The lineup includesd Lee “Scratch” Perry on vocals, rock stone, thunder claps and ganja pipe; Larry McDonald on percussion and vocals; Troy Shaka Simms on saxophone; Emch on live dub mixing, melodica, guitar, keyboards, samplers, reverbs, vocals and computers; Screechy Dan on vocals; Omar Little on trumpet and cornet; Jahdan Blakkamore on vocals and Ari Up of the Slits on vocals.

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Artist Profiles: Maxi Priest

Maxi Priest

Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 1, 196) is a favorite among reggae lovers. Of West Indian descent and the second youngest of nine children he was born in Lewisham, London. His musical journey began as a young child who listened to a variety of musical genres ranging from gospel to reggae and pop.

Priest gained entry into the music world in the mid-1980s when he was given the opportunity to sing over live dancehall sessions with artists like Smiley Culture. In 1984 he became well-known after co-producing Philip Levi’s ‘Mi God Mi King ‘ with Paul ‘Barry Boom’ Robinson which was the first UK reggae song to hit number one in Jamaica.

His 1988 album Maxi gained him worldwide recognition. Priest recorded the album in Jamaica and worked with legendary artists Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare and Willie London and was released in the United States by Virgin Records. Maxi gained his first U.S. smash hit with ‘Some Guys Have All the Luck,’ a cover of Cat Steven’s classic ‘Wild World.’

In 1990 Priest released Bonafide. It went gold and contained the single ‘Close To You’ that was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 singles and number two on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

1991 was a great year for Maxi Priest. He did collaborations with Roberta Flack, ‘Set The Night To Music’ and with Shabba Ranks. He ended the year with the release of a compilation CD titled Best of Me combining songs from his four previous albums.

In 1996 Maxi released Man with the Fun which contained ‘That Girl’ a duet with Shaggy that went on to become a Grammy Nominated track and the accompanying video, directed by Hype Williams became an MTV favorite.

CombiNation released in 1999 crossed multiple genres and had numerous artists and producers such as Sly & Robbie, Robert Livingston Simon Law, and Joe. The album even featured Red Rat and Degree in ‘She Wants to Dance ‘ which added a mix of dancehall flavor to the CD.

His album 2 the Max (2005) includes dancehall hits like ‘Full Hundred’ and ‘Sweat A Go Buss.’

Maxi Priest is one the most successful solo reggae artists in the world.

Discography:

You’re Safe (Charisma, 1985)
Intentions (EMI, 1986)
Maxi (Virgin, 1988)
Bonafide (Charisma, 1990)
Fe Real (Charisma, 1992)
Man with the Fun (Virgin, 1996)
CombiNation (Virgin, 1999)
2 the Max (Relentless, 2005)
Refused (Peppermint Jam, 2007)
Easy to Love (VP Record, 2014)

website: www.MaxiPriest.com

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Stephen Marley and son, Jo Mersa Marley to Perform at 2017 Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica

Downsound Entertainment has announced a special performance by Stephen Marley together with his son, Jo Mersa Marley at Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica. The two artists are scheduled to perform on Saturday night, July 22, 2017 at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.

Stephen Marley’s self-produced solo albums include ‘Mind Control’ (2007), ‘Mind Control Acoustic’ (2008), ‘Revelation Part I: The Root of Life’ (2011) and ‘Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life’ (2016).
 


Jo Mersa Marley, Bob Marley’s 26-year-old grandson has a debut release titled ‘Comfortable’ that includes dancehall, R&B and Electronic Dance Music (EDM).

More at www.ReggaeSumfest.com

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Positive and Uplifting Reggae

Double Tiger – Sharp & Ready

Double Tiger – Sharp & Ready (Easy Star Records, 2017)

New York artist Double Tiger (Jay Spaker) makes appealing modern dub reggae loaded with electronic effects, reverb and pop hooks. On Sharp & Ready he incorporates a mix of Jamaican styles: ska, roots reggae, dub, dancehall and lover’s rock.

Despite the current political situation, Jay Spaker believes that it’s important to make positive and heartening music, bringing joy and inspiration to listeners.

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Artist Profiles: Julian Marley

Julian Marley

Julian Marley was born in London in 1975. He is the son of reggae legendBob Marley and Lucy Pounder.

He grew up in a multicultural community. Since recording his first song at age five at the Marley family home in Kingston, Julian has become a skillful self-taught musician mastering the bass, drums and keyboards.

In 1989 he released his first album titled Uprising, also the name of his band. He moved to Jamaica in 1992 and began to work with reggae veterans Aston “Family Man” Barrett, Earl “Wire” Lindo, Tyrone Downie and Earl “Chinna” Smith.

Julian Marley’s CD Lion in the Morning reflects his growing maturity and musical sophistication. Collaborating on the album with Julian was the Ghetto Youths International production team founded by siblings Stephen and Ziggy Marley. The family connection goes further: it was recorded at the renovated Marley Music studio at Hope Road in Kingston, the studio where his father created some of his most important and well-known work.

Discography:

Uprising (1991)
Acorn Arts (1995)
Mr. Marley (1995)
Lion in the Morning (1996)
A Time & Place (2003)
Systems (2003)
Awake (Tuff Gong, 2009)
Violence In the Street (2011)

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Captivating and Edgy Reggae

Morgan Heritage – Avrakedabra (CTBC Music Group, 2017)

Modern reggae masters Morgan Heritage continue to dazzle the listener with its irresistible rhythms and masterfully-constructed vocals and harmonies. The award-winning group is at its best when it focuses on roots reggae, adding the admirable vocal mix that characterizes their sound: outstanding lead vocals, equally good backing harmonies, call and response, and edgy Mr. Talk Box electronic vocals.

As a crossover band, Morgan Heritage also features radio-friendly pop, R&B and rock influences that help the band reach larger audiences.

Guests include Kabaka Pyramid, Dre Island, and Stephen and Ziggy Marley.

 

 

 

Next concert dates:

May 27 – Tortola Pier Park – Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Jun 10 – Camfest – East Orange, New Jersey, USA
Jul 19 – Theatre of Living Arts – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Jul 20 – Ocean Mist – Wakefield, Rhode Island, USA
Jul 21 – Wellfleet Beachcomber – Wellfleet, Massachusetts, USA
Jul 22 – Trumansburg Fairgrounds – Trumansburg, New York, USA
Dec 31 – The Trusts Arena – Auckland, New Zealand

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