Review: Kabaka Pyramid Releases ‘Kontraband’ Album

16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.

Kabaka Pyramid - Kontraband. DIGITAL RELEASE [Ghetto Youths International, Bebble Rock Records].

I only heard 3 of the songs before the album’s release so this is a fresh, new experience. The album is reminiscent of Chronixx’s “Chronology” in its diverse representation of modern reggae music.

Hip-Hop influences are evident throughout but do not detract from the roots vibe. You can choose to bob your head and/or skank to the beats. Kabaka spits bars of knowledge with a cool, collected delivery. At times, he sing-jays on the riddims in perfect melody.  

‘Kontraband’ is a strong debut for Kabaka Pyramid and it bolsters his global appeal. The Damian and Stephen Marley executive-produced album features Akon and Stonebwoy out of Africa. Jr. Gong joins Kabaka to illustrate the story on the title track.

Pressure Buss Pipes from the U.S. Virgin Islands sings the hook on “Make Way,” the opening song of the album. Fellow reggae revivalist Protoje makes his mark with a succinct verse on “Everywhere I Go.” Kabaka teams with Chronixx on the mesmerizing and memorable “Blessed Is The Man.”

Kabaka doesn’t only chant a lyrical onslaught on Babylon. He considers the divine essence of black queens on “Natural Woman.” He opens up about affairs of the heart on “Kaught Up,” and “All I Need,” which features Nattali Rize. The different vibes on ‘Kontraband’ balance out. If you ranked this entry as one of 2019’s top reggae releases, I would say that’s accurate. 

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I-Octane Miami Album Release & Birthday Bash Promo CD | Reggae Lover 97

Listen to the official promo mix for I-Octane’s May 4th Miami Album Release/Birthday event.

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Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute

Pictures from the Bob Marley Tribute | Rub-A-Dub ATL

Pictures From the 3rd Annual Bob Marley Tribute and Aquarius Birthday Celebration at Wildpitch Music Hall.

An international crowd of over 200 people from around the greater Atlanta area gathered Sunday for a special edition of the Rub-A-Dub ATL monthly event.

Below is a selection of photos from what was a memorable night for Atlanta reggae lovers.

Best Pictures From the 2017 Bob Marley Tribute and Moments You May have Missed on February 12, 2017 by Rico Vibes of Dareggaescene.com and Bronson Blair of 2BKaribbean.com.

Bob Marley Birthday Bash and Aquarius Celebration [picture gallery] – 2.5.16

A special #RocksteadyATL commemorative tribute to Bob Marley, this 2nd annual event had many memorable moments. Big ups to all the patrons and participants!

Special thanks to Anne Hugus Photography out of NYC.

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