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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ROCKSTEADY First Sundays hosted by Shooks and Feedo with special guest Cartel Sound – June 7, 2015

Rocksteady  Roots reggae / Lovers rock / Dub  Hosted by Shooks and Feedo Red Square  with Highlanda Sound  and  Special guest DJ Phillip 5 of Cartel Sound  Sunday June 7th 8pm-12am  The Sound Table  483 Edgewood Ave. S.E. Atlanta  Complimentary Admission

Rocksteady
Roots reggae / Lovers rock / Dub
Hosted by Shooks and Feedo Red Square
with Highlanda Sound
and
Special guest DJ Phillip 5 of Cartel Sound
Sunday June 7th
8pm-12am
The Sound Table
483 Edgewood Ave. S.E. Atlanta
Complimentary Admission

Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA. "Welcome to Jamrock" will feature Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica's finest export #Reggae. FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND) 8PM TO 2AM RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/

Escape to Studio No. 7 for “Welcome to Jamrock” with Highlanda Sound on FRIDAY, MAY 22

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Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA.
Escape to Studio No. 7 | Bar + Lounge where its destination JAMAICA.  "Welcome to Jamrock" will feature Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica's finest export #Reggae.  FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND) 8PM TO 2AM RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/
Welcome to Jamrock” will feature myself, Kahlil Wonda of Highlanda Sound System at the musical control tower taking you on a tour of Jamaica’s finest export #Reggae.

FRIDAY, MAY 22 (MEMORIAL WEEKEND)
8PM TO 2AM
RSVP: http://www.studiono7.com/