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Racines—celebrating the Roots of Reggae

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Issue 2476

This album’s title is French for “roots”. In it reggae star Tiken Jah Fakoly, from Cote D’Ivoire in west Africa, is celebrating both Roots Reggae and the roots of the music.

He recorded much of the album at the legendary Tuff Gong studio in Kingston, Jamaica, with musicians Sly and Robbie. 

They provided the rhythm on so many classic cuts.

The album covers songs by reggae artists Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and Bob Marley, among others.

And it features guest appearances from artists including U-Roy, Max Romeo and Ken Boothe.

It’s a great tribute to the golden age of reggae. 

But it is at its strongest when it breaks from recreating the sound of the 1970s to build on Fakoly’s own more African reggae style. 

Tiken Jah Fakoly
Wrasse records
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