“DIA” Pronounced(Jah) takes the Reggae mastery of one of its foremost African ambassadors to a new level. It is beautifully crafted and full of passion for music and message, sounding pouncing riddims and sweet harmonies to Jah (Dia) rising sun. Yet, it is much more than just another excellent Reggae album. Meta Dia offers hidden pathways to social healing – or “salvation” – as Rastas, Sufis, and all other spiritual Reggae Aficionados may have it.
Beware, many of (DIA) tracks take you to the dark side of this time and planet – racism, poverty, war, destruction of the environment. But it does not leave you in the valley of rage and revenge. Meta leads his followers to the final destination, the valley of decision, where good wins over evil.
His lyrical rivers of wisdom are fed by many tributaries, the nomadic mystic traditions of his Fulani forebears, the Rastafari I-sights based on the teachings of Ras Tafari and the wise men of the East, so prominent in his beloved Senegal. Yes, Meta sues for justice. Not only for Africans from his mother continent, but for all the “wretched of the earth”. But his bottom line is in line with so many great minds: “Just like the breeze, forgiveness will make us heal.”
It comes at a crucial time with so many destructive “signs of the time”: Wars and violence in the false name of religions or cultures, separating the one human race into ever-more fierce adversaries and foes, and selfish nations anything but united.
Meta Dia hammers the walls of division to create space for his doctrine of “Peace, Love and Harmony” – against all odds. For him, this is not a safe space of fake consolation or unconditional reconciliation.
Quite to the contrary: this Reggae album is a yet another wake-up call to come together on a basis of equal rights and justice; for there is no other way of togetherness. With this fundamental mission Meta joins the ranks of the all-time Greats in Reggae. Who could be more predestined for this “mission impossible” than a Muslim Fulani Dread, full of Rasta vibes. Here comes trouble for the warmongers. With a superb package filled with the finest sounds and ideas from Dakar to Jamaica to New York and the rest of the globe.
By Werner Zips
2 Two Pockets
4 Majesty (Feat. SumeRR)
6 Boomerang Love
7 By Your Side
8 Concrete Jungle (Feat. Julian Marley & Malik Work)
9 Try Me
10 Love in the Ghetto
13 Red Eyes
15 Trespass (Feat. The Skankin Monks)
16 Free (Feat. Mirna Haje)
Emeterians vocal trio strike back with a brand new album “Lockdown Project” co-produced by Cosme Deyah. The 10 tracks were recorded during lockdown in Spain, in August 2020
Emeterians (Sistah MaryJane, Brother Wildman & Maga Lion), the harmony group from Spain, bring 10 new tracks with a different flavour. Co-produced by friend and Spanish producer based in the UK, Cosme Deyah, their 7th studio album was recorded during lockdown in Madrid, in August 2020, at their own home studio.
With two singles released in mid 2021: “Be Careful” with Forward Ever Band & “Call Me Anytime You Want” placed in the best Reggae playlists such as Crucial Reggae and Apple Music´s Dubwise, the trio drops two perfect references of what the album is all about… classic Roots harmonies over a mix of Reggae, Rap and Dub instrumentals that they built, recorded and arranged themselves.
A perfect blend of traditional Jamaican music with Rap and Soul, with their own touch of course…
The “Lockdown Project” starts with the autobiographic gem “Our Story” in which the group sings about their begginings and their London experience. This album has a new taste, mixing 808´s with classic skanks on some tracks like “Irie”, or “Not Dem”, talkbox and vocals perfectly blending on “Super Lady” with J.M.Boix on lead guitar, a re-lick on the classic riddim “Real Rock” in which they tribute some of their favourite Reggae artists…
With great featurings from Kumar (ex Raging Fyah) and Tubby Boy (emerging UK Hip Hop artist) on “Outta Babylon” & “Tell Lie Vision” in which they mix Hip Hop with classic harmonies, make the album complete.
“Our music and lyrics are specially meant for the new generations. In this project we mixed modern elements like 808´s, trap hihats or even some sampling to our classic style of Reggae so we can also connect with the younger audience all over the World, while keeping faithfull to our style and fans…” said Maga Lion, who mixed and mastered all tracks, except for “Be Careful” by Saul Wolf.
1. Our Story
3. Be Careful (Feat. Forward Ever Band)
4. Call Me Anytime You Want
5. Tell Lie Vision (Feat. Tubby Boy)
6. Super Lady
7. Love is About
8. Not Dem
9. Outta Babylon (Feat. Kumar)
10. Reggae Music
KITTY CAT –
PERFORMED BY SHERTZ “PROBLEM CHILD” JAMES
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
HARD ON ME –
PERFORMED BY Patrice Roberts
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
PERFORMED BY Shal Marshall
WRITTEN BY Shertz James
TOO DAMN WICKED-
PERFORMED BY GAMAL “SKINNY FABULOUS” DOYLE
WRITTEN BY Gamal Doyle
SUN FUN RIDDIM PRODUCED BY JABARI STEVENS
MIXED AND MASTERED BY KERON “SCRATCH MASTER” HECTOR
BACK VOCALS ON “APPLAUSE” AND “TOO DAMN WICKED” BY DENICE MILLIEN
BACK VOCALS ON “KITTY CAT” BY Valene Nedd
American reggae band Big Mountain featured on Freedom Sound Riddim by Donsome Records
Billboard-charting American reggae band Big Mountain is among the international acts featured on the Freedom Sound rhythm project by Donsome Records.
The Freedom Sound rhythm is due for release on September 17.
The other international acts featured on the project are Marina Peralta from Brazil, Kings and Comrades from Philadelphia, Canada based vocalist Ammoye, Pressure Buss Pipe from the US Virgin Islands and King Tappa from New Jersey.
In a media release, producer Adrian ‘Donsome’ Hanson explained the inspiration behind the project.
“Freedom Sound is the follow up to our previous project the Black Tears rhythm. Creatively, we felt that after the tears we must free ourselves. So, Freedom Sound is all about feeling free to be yourself,” said Hanson.
He said the project took six months to complete.
“I wanted to have artistes from other side of the world who have been doing reggae with the same goal and fight that helped to birth reggae. Marina Peralta is from Brazil and she is one of the artistes who sings about the fight and struggles that we face daily.”
According to Hanson, it wasn’t difficult to get the artistes involved in the project.
“Anthony B, Lutan Fyah, Chezidek and Perfect Giddimani were on my last project, so it wasn’t hard to get them on this one. I wanted to step out the box and bring different vibes to this project, hence the reason I decided to work with artistes such as Grammy Award winner Mykal Rose, Big Mountain, Marina Peralta, Junior Kelly, Pressure Buss Pipe and Kings and Comrades. I always give a couple new artistes the chance to showcase their talent, so King Tappa reach out to me at the right time and I’m really proud of his track.”
The first three singles, Likes of Jah by Pressure Buss Pipe, want to be Free by Anthony B, and Good People (Johnny Good) by Chezidek and Perfect Giddimani will released digitally today Friday September 10. The full project is to be released on September 17.
The other tracks featured on the Freedom Sound rhythm are Good People by Chezidek, Stop and Smell the Roses by Ammoye, Rise to the Top by Kings and Comrades, Love Spell by King Tappa, No More Lies by Junior Kelly, I Give You Love by Mykal Rose, Freedom Fighters by Marina Peralta, Hear that Sound by Big Mountain, Fade Away by Lutan Fyah and Greatest by Richie Spice.
Belizean veteran reggae edutainer Pupa Curly teams up again with Afro-Punta hit maker and producer Junie Mar on his new single “Gimmi A Chance” available now worldwide on all digital platflorms via Tuff Kruffy Entertainment and distributed by Tuff Gong International.
“Gimmi A Chance” is a follow-up to Curly’s International hit single “Wake Up Mama” which garnered nuff attention on the African continent with dance videos produced from the social media kids stars “Triplets Ghetto Kids,” and “Masaka Kids Africana” from Uganda, and “Zalah Muziq Dancers” from Kenya. “Gimmi A Chance” is an upbeat, happy Afro-Punta dance track sure to be a crowd pleaser.
About Pupa Curly:
Pupa Curly has performed at many of Southern California’s elite music festivals and has collaborated on George Clinton’s “Paint the White House Black” single on Prince’s Paisley Park Records, alongside Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Kam, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.
Tuff Kruffy Entertainment has recently released full length studio albums from Pupa Curly Griot and Democracy Riddim featuring internationally renowned reggae veterans and up and coming artists from Jamaica, Belize, Haiti and Uganda.