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Roots scorchers on The Best of Prince Alla

prince-alla-the-best-of-freedom-sounds-iroko-lp-57253-pekm430x440ekmLegendary Jamaican roots singer Prince Alla – sometimes Prince Allah or Ras Allah – cut a number of haunting and heavyweight roots numbers in the late 70s. And his rare debut album Heaven Is My Roof is a bona fide masterpiece.

His second album was oddly titled The Best of Prince Alla and collected singles for the Freedom Sounds label. This great set has now been reissued by France’s Iroko Records. It comes with only eight tracks, of which two are ferocious discomixes with lethal dub mixing courtesy of Scientist.

Best of bunch is album opener Youth Man with its bulldozing bass line and drums crashing down like lightning. The dub version confirms its feeling of brimstone and fire. Other highlights are stone-cold classics like the eerie Stone or the dark and dread Lot’s Wife.

Prince Alla has never been quite as prolific as many of his peers, but many of his recordings have proven to be landmarks in the history of reggae music.

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Reflective roots on Prince Alla’s Run Come

CS3111406-02A-BIGLegendary 70s roots singer Prince Alla, initially known as Ras Allah, hasn’t recorded much in recent years and he wasn’t actually particularly productive – by Jamaican standards – even in his heydays in the late 70s and early 80s. He recorded a number of roots landmarks, but his most recent albums are from more than ten years ago and was recorded together with Jah Warrior.

Now – however – he has joined forces with M7 Allstars and Dubvisionist to create the solid twelve track showcase set Run Come. It’s a reflective and cultural set collecting several nods to the past yet it remains firmly rooted in contemporary production techniques with its shiny sonic landscape.

The title track is a version of his massive Gather Round – produced by Jah Shaka and released in 1996 – and on Pillar of Salt Prince Alla returns to his Lot’s Wife.

Run Come has a deep and rootsy atmosphere with militant beats and a haunting soundscape. File next to the recently reissued The Best of Prince Alla which collects rock-solid classics like Stone, Bucket Bottom and Sun is Shining.

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Support a groundbreaking project uniting the music of Jamaica and Cuba

Acclaimed Australian producer, mixing engineer and keyboardist Mista Savona is on a mission. He aims to bring about 30 Jamaican and Cuban musicians together in the recording studio for the first time ever.

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Key Jamaican and Cuban artists already confirmed for this landmark project include Sly & Robbie, members of Buena Vista Social Club, Leroy Sibbles of The Heptones, Prince Alla and Randy Valentine.

But Mista Savona and his team need financial support to make this historical new project come true. They have secured support from the Australia Council to help with recording costs in Cuba and Australia. They now need assistance with international travel costs, studio and equipment hire, engineer and artist fees, legal expenses and permits for our artists and film crew.

The team has a Kickstarter goal of $20,000 AUD, and they have already received a little more than $16,000 AUD. Less than $4,000 AUD is therefore needed to reach the goal. If they exceed the target additional funds will be used to record more high profile artists, including Damian Marley, Mos Def, Busy Signal, Chronixx, Tanya Stephens and Tarrus Riley.

This project is a journey to unite the music of Jamaica and Cuba. It will fire up a melting pot of traditional and contemporary Cuban and Jamaican music, and intends to explore and develop new styles and sounds showcasing the best of each island’s musical heritage.

The international artists will come together to record at Havana’s Egrem studios in Cuba. Over the course of eight days the musicians will collaborate, compose and improvise together to create a full length album.

Learn more about the project and how to contribute here.

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A fifth remix EP from Sizzla’s Born a King

b8c3c8de50From Muti Music now comes a fifth remix EP from Sizzla’s stunning and critically acclaimed album Born a King, a set produced by forward-thinking Australian multi-instrumentalist and producer Mista Savona.

The forthcoming EP collects 13 different versions of Sizzla’s Cold War – eleven cuts of the original track and one version each from veteran singer Prince Alla and gruff dancehall deejay Bugle.

It kicks off with the original six minute+ original version followed by an acoustic version along with the cuts from Prince Alla and Bugle. From there on there’s an bass boosting extravaganza created by Mista Savona himself along with Empress Shema, Om Unit, Mat the Alien, HNGVR, Sukh Knight and 3rdeye.

These mostly dance music oriented producers push the concept of bass heavy music forward experimenting with dubstep, drum & bass, dancehall, jungle, steppers and reggae. Fresh new sounds with an edge. Check the EP on June 1.

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