@@@ Dactah Chando: Africa is My Roots (Manuscript, 2018) An African roots reggae single I got to via the WRIR weekly charts email. There is a subtle difference in feel in this tune but the musical formula is very similar. Chando has rhythmically strong voice and a pleasing tune as he talks up his African heritage. Big beats with dub touches it’s a pleasing track.
@@@ JAH9: Field Trip (VP, 2018) A female singer getting a little r&b/jazz with some reggae sounds but not full roots. A different beat but steady with some dub delay touches and a mash of other sounds. I appreciate the ambitious blend of sounds and the concious lyrics. I expected with a name like Jah9 that this would be more reggae but she’s under no obligation and it’s a fresh track.
@@@ MALOU BEAUVOIR: Rasenbleman (Self-released, 2018) After a brief vocal intro it gets into a chill world music groove. The lyrics are in French so I’m guessing this music is tied to a former French colony in Africa. Ah, wrong, Haiti! A French colony but not in Africa. I’ve heard a fair amount of old school Haitian music and this is reminiscent of what I’ve heard. Very rhythmic, smooth bass sounds, lots of vocal tracks. Beauvoir, the singer was born in Chicago and raised in New York so that’s going to be reflected in the music. This is a pre-release single from an upcoming record.
YTD recordings listened to: 501
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 263
Not good music: 209
Honorable Mentions: 5
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