Righteous rasta chanter Lutan Fyah’s brand new album Life of a King is a super solid 13 track set produced by Khabir “Khabs” Bonner, probably best known for Beenie Man and Ce’Cile’s recent dancehall crossover hit Thug Love.
Life of a King is a completely different affair though. This is not a dancehall or pop album, it’s a spiritual and powerful contemporary roots reggae journey with clear influences from nyabinghi, hip-hop and old school dancehall.
Lutan Fyah blazes, raves, chants and sings about inequality, unity, peace, love and consequences of the current financial crisis in parts of the world. He is angry as a roaring lion and rebels against the society and the system. And he is very convincing.
Lutan Fyah is a prolific artist who has voiced hundreds of tracks. Loads of excellent tunes, and some more mediocre. Protect the Youth is however one of his best this year, or maybe best in years. It has a driving saxophone, a grim piano and two inspired singers – Lutan Fyah who mixes singing with a fiery delivery and the authorative Mr. Lexx. When he talks you listen. Period.
This is the second Lutan Fyah album this year. And a third is set for release soon. If that set is nearly a strong as Life of a King, 2013 will be Lutan Fyah’s year.