Rub-A-Dub Market (Irievibrations IRIE 039CD, 2011)
One of the best reggae albums of the year is Rub-A-Dub Market by Jamaican singer and poet Luciano (also known as “The Messenjah” and Jepther McClymont). The styles on Rub-A-Dub Market include roots reggae, Nyahbinghi riddims and dub.
Luciano highlights the importance of keeping roots reggae alive. Instead of using rhythm machines, the rhythm tracks on Rub-A-Dub Market are acoustic, hand-made and recorded live in the studio. At a time when reggae is being invaded by increasingly annoying hiphop and uncreative electronic beats, Luciano brings fresh air to the scene.
The title song “Rub-A-Dub Market” is an appeal to the reggae/dancehall business and targets the current state of the industry, with its speedy digital production.
Luciano’s lyrics also spread the messages of love and appeals to end violence. “I came out of roots and culture as a reggae singer and have proven to people that I can fit into any genre of music … I sing reggae, gospel and roots,” said Luciano recently. “I will sing rock too, but always keep my message clean, spiritual and cultural. There are no barriers in music — although I am well known as a reggae culture singer, I have an international message. So I cannot leave it just to reggae people. I have to extend it to people of all walks of life.”
Rub-A-Dub Market takes the listener to the hottest reggae grooves; it is an excellent roots reggae album by Luciano, one of the leading performers in the current reggae scene.
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Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.