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. 

MARLEY | Reggae Lover Podcast Episode 84

A promotional mix featuring Ky-Mani, Damian, Stephen, Ziggy, and Cedella Marley among other heavy hitters for the BobFest ATL event in Atlanta, February 15 – 18.bobfestatl.com

 

BOBFEST ATL 2018 FEATURING JAH9 – MUSIC, ART, FILM, YOGA, FOOD, FAMILY

REGGAE FANS! YOGIS! FOODIES! FILM FANS! AND ALL OF ATL!! YOU HAVE A LOT IN STORE FOR THIS YEAR’S BOBFEST!

BobFest 2018. 7th Annual Festival, a special celebration of Bob Marley and reggae music.

Thursday: Yoga with Jah9 and friends Feb 15

Friday: Concert in the Village (and village marketplace!) featuring Jah9 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ATL, lyrical genius SaRoc and More- Feb 16

Saturday: AFRICA UNITE Film Festival- Feb 17
Sunday: Stir It Up Farm to Table Feast!- Feb 18

Purchase tickets at bobfestatl.com.

Email bobfestatlinfo@gmail.com for information.

STITCHER RADIO: SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN HERE.79 - Reggae Lover Podcast - King Jammys Tribute (2nd Volume)

GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC: SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN HERE.GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC: SUBSCRIBE AND LISTEN to reggae lover HERE.

TUNE IN RADIO: FAVORITE AND LISTEN HERE.TUNE IN RADIO: FAVORITE AND LISTEN to reggae lover HERE.

SOUNDCLOUD: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD OR PLAY EPISODE.SOUNDCLOUD: CLICK TO DOWNLOAD OR PLAY EPISODE 80

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My Conclusion – Stephen Marley feat. Akon & Buju Banton (New Video)

My Conclusion – Stephen Marley feat. Akon & Buju Banton

Stephen Marley sings

Stephen Marley sings (Photo credit: GregPC)

Free Buju!

Buju Banton performing at the Ilosaarirock fes...

Buju Banton performing at the Ilosaarirock festival in Joensuu (Finland) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Talking Shotta Culture With Spragga Benz – Dancehall Now 44

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This feature recaps a candid interview with superstar reggae/dancehall artist turned big-screen actor Spragga Benz, plus highlights from the Highlanda mix show on Dancehall Now.  Spragga talks with SuperPec about the ‘Shotta Culture’ album, touring with Stephen Marley, his reaction to the Trayvon Martin case and more.  

Catch the syndicated Dancehall Now broadcast live on Daflavaradio.com each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm (EST).

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Proceeds from Gramps Morgan’s new single Go to family of Trayvon Martin

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Soulful Reggae star, Gramps Morgan has taken a stance in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old boy recently killed in South Florida.  To date, the man who shot and killed Trayvon has not been charged. So in an effort to support the Martin family’s demand for justice, Dada Son is donating a portion of the proceeds from the iTunes sales of Gramps’ new single, ‘Life Too Short’.

 

“Yes Rasta!” American-Jamaican crooner, Gramps Morgan is unleashing another anthem with his unique brand of ‘Rockaz’. His first single ‘Life Too Short’emerges from his upcoming second, solo album, Reggae Music Lives which will be released on April 24 2012, in time for Mother’s Day.

 

Penned with his brother Peetah Morgan, ‘Life Too Short’ was co-produced by Roy ‘Gramps’ Morgan and keyboardist, Llamar ‘Riff Raff’ Brown (Stephen Marley). Gramps Morgan has the gift of delivering spiritually uplifting lyrics aimed precisely at the listener’s soul. Through song, Morgan reminds us to live this life while we still have it. Gramps says ‘Life Too Short’ is simply “a song of comfort”, and as a firm believer in delivering music to heal humanity, ‘Life Too Short’ raises consciousness of the fragility and sanctity of life.

Gramps Morgan’s songs and lyrics tend toward the positive in all situations, so when he belts out “…Life too short fi a stress di small things when we know Jah bless me with everything /Life too short fi a worry bout bad mind when the world a suffer from war and crime…” he means that he draws his strength from Jah/God. Believing in a greater power than self, Gramps urges the listener to stop wasting time sweating the small stuff and to let go of grudges and “bad mind” (a Jamaican idiom that refers to being envious of, or grudging someone).

 

Trayvon Martin

 

Gramps’ perspective on the murder of Trayvon Martin is that of a father and an American citizen. In a recent statement the Centric Soul Train nominee said: “I couldn’t imagine that ever happening to my son.” He’s speaking of his eldest, Jemere. “As a father of a 16 year old…I don’t know what I would do if I was in that situation, but I know that justice must be served.”

 

“We have been following the tragedy that has happened with Trayvon,” explains Wendy Morgan, Gramps’ manager, “and after reading a report that he was a lover of Reggae music, it humbled us to have someone of that age love our music. We wanted to do our part to pay respect to his young life and contribute to help keep Trayvon’s memory and legacy alive.”
Finding strength in the hardest of times isn’t always easy, but Gramps is reassuring people that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

‘Life Too Short’ was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Grafton Studio and Dada Son Recording Studio in Atlanta Georgia.

 

The single is now available on iTunes with a portion of the proceeds going to the family of Trayvon Martin.

 

“I’m free like a bird, Jah is my word, that means my word is love.” Gramps Morgan


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