"Music is psychology. And if the music does not penetrate the heart, the soul, the mind, and the body, then you ain't gonna feel it.
Because reggae music is not something that you hear, it's something you feel.
And if you don't feel it, you can't know it. It is a spiritual music with spiritual ingredients for spiritual purposes."
The "Abeng showcase" 12" is out !!! Get three cuts (including a 3-in-1 over 10 minutes discomix) of the Abeng riddim on one 12" record ! And don't forget that, given the very small amount of records pressed today for new releases, what is easy to find today might be impossible to get tomorrow... :-)
Available here :
Some reviews :
"High quality! Vintage style, sounds very much like 1983-1985 recordings. Well done! All real instruments. Side B is a monster roots tune, extended to almost 11 minutes replete with AlmaJah Horns. This is a truly great record". (Ernie B)
"Roots reggae in an authentic old-school Jamaican style. Soul of Anbessa records are flying the flag in these modern times for reggae with a truly original sound! While the label is based in Switzerland the bulk of recording is done in Kingston, Jamaica, with an all-star line up of vocalists & musicians. The idea behind the 'Abeng riddim' was to create a piece that was both simple & yet powerful, the artists involved took this idea and achieved something amazing. Musically the riddim contains a fantastic blend of instrumentation, creating an uplifting skanking tempo reminiscent of reggae's golden era. Vocalists involved include Rasta rockers KC White, Sheldon Senior, Jah Bast & Ras Digby. Each brings an excellent & unique vibe to their version of the riddim. This release is available on 12" and probably won't be around for too long... Be sure to get your copy of what's sure to become a classic release before they all sell out!" (Jah Eire)
"The final vinyl delight this month is Abeng showcase (FIVE STARS), featuring KC White on a questioning What a worl, Sheldon Senior encouraging us to Free Jah Jah Children, and a mighty workout on the 10-minutes-plus of the flip : Ancient wisdom featuring Jah Bast and Ras Digby. Recorded at Tuff Gong, Jamaica, and featuring a host of major-name players such as Boris Gardiner and Robbie Lyn, this three-track rocker really cuts the rug with mournful horns, chattering guitar and rock-solid roots drumming. It's the same track radically remixed for each artist, with the marathon Ancient Wisdom really blowing the bass-bins." (Michael de Koningh, Record Collector Magazine)
Here is a little clip from a home made exclusive dubplate version of Sam Carty's classic "Bird in hand" song, one of Lee Perry's most haunting productions. Actually a version of the indian song "Milte hi ankhein", from the "Babul" movie.
Apart from the drums, we played everything with friends.
Featuring Jah Bast on lead vocal, and Alex Schneiter on trumpet.
Back after a wonderful month in Kingston, with three new riddims recorded at Harry J studio, played by the same all stars band that played on the Abeng riddim : Derrick Stewart on drums, Boris Gardiner on bass, Dwight Pinkney on guitar and Robbie Lyn on piano and Hammond organ. Three songs, two by Prince Alla and one by original Gaylads member Maurice Roberts, are already recorded, and much more to come in the future... Strictly deep organic roots of course !