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Sunny pop hits on Morgan Heritage’s Avrakedabra

unnamedGrammy-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage released their debut album Miracle in 1994 and a few years later their breakthrough album Protect Us Jah was put out. Since then they have released another nine studio efforts, including the recently released Avrakedabra, which follows Strictly Roots, a set awarded with a Grammy in 2016.

Morgan Heritage took a break from touring and recording about ten years ago. During that hiatus some of the members took the chance to record and release solo material. But the hiatus obviously didn’t last too long and in 2013 they released Here Come the Kings, which was something of a return to a more conscious and roots-oriented approach.

On Avrakedabra they use influences from pop, rock, country, hip-hop, electronica and dubstep to create an eclectic set full of feel-good vibes and infectious melodies. This brand of reggae is by Morgan Heritage labeled as rockaz.

The album was recorded in a wide array of countries and features several collaborations – the late Bunny Ruggs, Billboard chart topping duo R. City, Ziggy and Stephen Marley, Dre Island and Kabaka Pyramid. Its sounds ranges from the rootsy Selah via the dubsteppy anthem We Are to feel-good and seductive pop hits Reggae Night, Dream Girl, Ready for Love and Dancing in the Moonlight.

Compared to its two predecessors Avrakedabra is a slightly less rootsy affair and leans more towards Caribbean pop with sunny grooves and beautiful harmonized vocals.

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