16 Tracks in total, ‘Kontraband,’ the debut from Kabaka Pyramid does not disappoint.
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.
Repatriation is the return of someone to their own country, either voluntary or involuntary. In a financial sense its the sending of money back to one’s own country of origin.
I previously recorded this mix and was planning to delete it because it did not meet my high technical standard. Then the S—hole comments happened. The president of the United States verbally assaulted beloved Haiti and the beloved continent of Africa.
Please look up Ivan Van Sertima (They came before Columbus) and Marcus Garvey. Hopefully, many of you listening will become, or already are, strong, inspirational black leaders because that’s what we need. We need to disseminate information about our history which has been cut off, ripped away, burned, and destroyed. Our oral tradition was stopped by design. Africa is the motherland. Africa is our Homeland.
I am using reggae music to teach and as you listen to the songs in this mix and you know it’s a very spiritual thing. You know it’s very cultural. Much respect goes to all the singers and players of instruments for channeling the power in this wonderful music. Reggae is a language to communicate with all people around the world.
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If you have been looking for a spectacular night of live reggae music infused with the cultural flair of conscious lyrics and unforgettable rhythms, then look no further.
RBG Alliance presents a CRC for you – a Conscious Reggae Concert.
The event will feature Ijahknowah backed by the BRAP band and special guest artist Endel i.
Highlanda Sound will open the night from the DJ booth with musical selections related to the event’s theme.
Find details on this new Conscious Reggae Concert Series page, event page here and ticket site here.
Listen to this episode for Reggae music tackling topics like reparations, repatriation, liberation, the many struggles and treasures of Africa. Bob Marley starts it and his son Stephen closes the show.
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“Take the time to overstand the land, Mama Afrika.” ~ Kelissa
1 – Bob Marley – Zimbabwe
2 – Rod Taylor – Ethiopian Kings
3 – Burning Spear – Cry Blood Africa
4 – Freddie McGregor – Africa Here I Come
5 – Yabby You & Trinity – Free Africa
6 – Yami Bolo – Africa For The Africans
7 – Warrior King – Africa Shall Be Free
8 – Lutan Fyah – African Be Proud
9 – Hugh Mundell – Africa Must Be Free
10 – Johnny Clarke – African Roots
11 – Burning Spear – African Postman
12 – Pentateuch – Struggles of Africa
13 – Peter Tosh – African
14 – TARRUS RILEY & KABAKA PYRAMID – Fly Di Gate
15 – Burning Spear – African Teacher
16 – Gregory Isaacs – Save Ethiopia
17 – Jah Bouks – Call Angola
18 – Pressure Buss Pipes & Chronixx – Africa Redemption
19 – Cocoa Tea – Africa Here I Come
20 – Kelissa – Afrika
21 – Freddie McGregor – Africa
22 – Garnet Silk – Mama Africa
23 – Burning Spear – African Jamaican
24 – Buju Banton – African Pride
25 – Peter Tosh – Mama Africa
26 – Stephen Marley – Made In Africa (Feat. Wale And The Cast)