The late reggae icon Dennis Brown is one of Jamaica’s finest talents and was described as the Crown Prince of Reggae, but unfortunately he never reached the heights of international stardom like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh did.
Now Dennis Brown’s youngest daughter Marla Brown – a trained dancer – carries his legacy forward. Her debut recording as solo singer, the uplifting Better Days, on Royal Order Music’s Smart riddim, was dropped earlier this year.
Her debut EP was recently put out. On the cover sleeve Marla Brown floats on a sea of vinyl, including albums from her father, Bunny Wailer and Tiger. Her EP is however far from vintage. Deliverance is contemporary hard-hitting reality reggae with guest appearances from her peers Runkus and Kabaka Pyramid.
A variety of producers have been involved, but it sounds surprisingly cohesive with Marla Brown’s light and honey-coated singing about morality, her father, the climate and a brighter future.
Marla Brown has taken the moniker The Crown Princess of Reggae. That comes with great expectations for the future and Deliverance is certainly promising.