U.S. reggae rock band and Billboard Reggae Chart toppers Rebelution have a new album out on June 10. Count Me In is the band’s fourth album since their debut in 2007, when Courage to Grow was released.
Rebelution was formed in 2004 in Santa Barbara, California, and they have a strong following in the U.S., where they have toured relentlessly for the past years, just like their counterparts in Soja and Tribal Seeds.
Their new album was produced by the band themselves and features guest appearances by dancehall artist Collie Buddz and legendary roots reggae singer Don Carlos, who also shows up on the aforementioned Tribal Seeds’ new album Representing.
The album’s 11 tracks is in a press release described as positive, inspirational and encouraging and aim for having an optimistic impact on society and life.
“A lot of what we hear every day is that money measures success,” says vocalist Eric Rachmany, and adds:
“This new album is a reminder to spread love and positivity to the people around us – these are the true measures of success.”
A few months ago I had the opportunity to interview Chezidek after his performance at Swedish reggae festival Öland Roots. When asked why his songs about ganja are some of his best work, he answered that he gets very inspired when writing and singing about weed.
And this seems to be true about several reggae artists when listening to the third installment of Greensleeves Ganja Anthems series, released late October, and just in time for the referendum on legalizing marijuana in California, USA.
This 18 track compilation didn’t help the supporters of proposition 19, but it certainly help you to get into a great groove.
The two former albums in the series largely focused on older ganja anthems from the likes of Mighty Diamonds, Eek-A-Mouse and the late Jacob Miller.
Hi Grade Ganja Anthems vol. 3 is instead dedicated to recent releases, and the only tunes not released in the last couple of years are Bubbling Telephone (Chalice) from Charlie Chaplin and Herb fi Bun by Daddy Rings & Cocoa Tea.
The rest of the tunes are probably familiar to those who have been listening to contemporary reggae, and include hit songs such as Acres from Capleton, Come Around by Collie Buddz and Sensi from Gyptian.
The riddims are largely one drop and produced by a number of different producers; Frenchie, Augustus “Gussie” Clarke and Kemal “Flava” McGregor to name three.
Even though the selection is great I miss two hugely herbaceous artists – Chezidek and Perfect. Those two have released several great weed tunes, and the compilation could have needed Chezidek’s Bun di Ganja and Perfect’s I Smoked a Spliff to be the ideal ganja compilation on contemporary reggae.
I dagarna spelade Destiny’s Child-stjärnan Beyoncé på svensk mark. I Dagens Nyheter noterar Nanushka Yeaman att stjärnan går loss på Dawn Penns reggaeklassiker You don’t love me (No, No, No). Och hon gör det tydligen riktigt bra. “Själfullt” låter beskrivningen.
Det är faktiskt inte första gången Beyoncé går loss på reggaeklassiker. Hon har nämligen gjort en riktigt bra version av dancehalldängan Ring the alarm, som ursprungligen spelades in av framlidne Tenor Saw, och som populariserades ytterligare 1991 då rapparna Fu-Schnickens gjorde sin egen – hysteriska – version. Faktum är att även Alborosie använt sig av Ring the alarm, om än endast i samplat format. Lyssna på tunga Soundkilla från hans debutalbum, så hör du tydligt samplingen.
Nu har Ring the alarms popularitet alltså stigit ytterligare i graderna. Förhoppningsvis leder hennes version till att fler upptäcker originalversionen av Tenor Saw, eller i alla fall får upp ögonen för Collie Buddz som teamar upp med henne på versionen.
Vill du höra Dawn Penns version av You don’t love me (No, No, No) eller versionerna av Ring the alarm? Ladda in Spotify-länken, så är det fixat.