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Warm and easy on Duane Stephenson’s Dangerously Roots

unnamedPassionate Jamaican singer Duane Stephenson has spent the past three years touring as lead vocalist with the Original Wailers, but has now returned as a solo artist.

Dangerously Roots – Journey From August Town is his third album following his departure from 7-piece band To Isis, a band where he started his professional career. His debut set was the acclaimed From August Town, which included the magnificent title track. It was followed by the syrupy Black Gold, a set that lacked a bit of edge.

For his new album Duane Stephenson and his label have – just like on his previous albums – enlisted an all-star production team, including Jamaican heavyweights Clive Hunt, Dean Fraser, Christopher Birch, Phillip James and Donovan Germain with guest appearances from Tarrus Riley, I-Octane, Lutan Fyah and Mutabaruka.

The first single off the album was a warm and contemporary remake of Bunny Wailer’s Cool Runnings. And the whole album is just as strong as that particular single.

Dangerously Roots is roots reggae, but not dangerous at all. Rather the opposite. It’s slick, stylish and sophisticated with memorable pop hooks and infectious melodies.

Duane Stephenson singing is heartfelt and he has a sadness in his voice that gives the set a melancholic feel throughout. It certainly adds a sincere flavour to his fight for unity and social change.

So, welcome back Duane. I hope you’ll continue to record as a solo artist.

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We have a winner of Black Gold

The Duane Stephenson competition is settled. Reggaemani congratulates the winner and gives standing ovations to Mr. Kent Eriksson from Nässjö in Sweden. He was among those who got both answers right, so the competition was decided by random draw.

Kent Eriksson wins a copy of Duane Stephenson’s sophomore album Black Gold released by VP Records.

Curious about the right answers? Yeah, of course you are. VP announced a merger deal with Greensleeves in January 2008 and Duane Stephenson started his career in the group To-Isis.

Thanks to all of you who submitted your answers.

standing ovations to Mr. Kent Eriksson from X in Sweden. He was among those who got both answers right, so the competition was decided by random draw.
Kent Eriksson wins a copy of Duane Stephenson’s sophomore album Black Gold released by VP Records.
Curious about the right answers? Yeah, of course you are. VP announced a merger deal with Greensleeves in January 2008 and Duane Stephenson started his career in the group To-Isis.
Thanks to all of you who sent in your answers.

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