The music of our heart is Roots !

Soul of Anbessa Records

The Soul of Anbessa record label - "anbessa" meaning "lion" in the ethiopian amharic language - is a small and totally independent label I started in 2006. It was created with one aim : releasing roots music with a conscious message, played by live musicians, as well as trying and finding back the lost sound of the golden era of the genre. That philosophy might sound very conservative, I'd rather call it very nostalgic...For this purpose, I decided to work with the very people who created this music, for who better than them would know how it should sound ? It allowed to spend unforgettable hours in Kingston studios with these musical giants. Watching these amazing artists playing the music I had been "composing" for months on my guitar is a feeling I really can't describe. I could already record many artists that were amongst my favourite. But there still are many more I am dreaming of adding to that list... I also wish to help and promote lesser known talents, like Jazzmine Black, Danny Culture, Sheldon Senior or UK based nigerian singer Ras Obi. And of course my good friend Jah Bast, swiss singer with a special talent, who also sings with The Shades, of the swiss "Darker shades of roots" label.

I released all my productions on 7" and 12" singles, for it's the classic formats for jamaican music, and my favourite one as a collector. A few months/years after their vinyl release, the songs are also made available on legal downoad, for the people who don't own a turntable any more. And are kind enough to actually pay for the music...My records are being sold in shops all over the world. The list can be found in the "shop" section.

In this adventure, I had the great luck to be able to count on the priceless help of my musical mentor Mr Harris "BB" Seaton. He opened his address book for me, and was always ready to help and advise me, with his musical knowledge and experience. I can never thank him enough for that. And of course my great friend Prince Alla, whom I met twelve years ago in Geneva thanks to Asher Selector, and has since become a very important person to me. I spent literally hundreds of hours singing and reasoning with Prince in his home in Greenwich Town, moments I could never have dreamt of when I discovered this wonderful artist's music many years ago. This is why Prince's song is always the first release on a new riddim. The great Dwight Pinkney also played a very important part in the adventure, always helpful and a real pleasure to work with.

I hope this is only a start. I have many plans and projects in mind, and I'll do my best to make them become a reality. So please keep your ears open...



- Adrien Oesch, who spent countless nights working on the mixes and dubs of my songs

- Inyaki, whose work with BDF is very inspirational for me, for his very precious collaboration

- Darren Jamtone, Dub Terror and Jamez Zugasti for their wicked mixing skills

- Litelet, who not only is one of the wickedest vintage deep roots selector, but designed most of my labels. 

- my brother Florian, who coproduced some ot the songs, when the finances were down low

- Ben, Joris and Thomas, from Kahuna Web Studio, who built me this beautiful website

- all the shops and buyers who support struggling independent labels like mine


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Artists who recorded for Soul of Anbessa :

Ansel Collins, BB Seaton, Boris Gardiner, Bunny Brown, Danny Culture, Dennis Alcapone, Derrick Stewart, Dwight Pinkney, Errol Brown, Everol Wray, Flabba Holt, The Gaylads (BB Seaton, Maurice Roberts, Randall Thaxter), Glen Adams, Inyaki, Jazzmine Black, Johnny Osbourne, Keith Francis, Leroy Brown, Leroy Sibbles, Nambo Robinson, Patrick Andy, Prince Alla, The Psalms, Ras Obi, Robbie Lyn, Sly Dunbar, Stranger Cole, Style Scott, The Tamlins (Carlton Smith, Derek Lara, Junior Moore), Vernon "Maytone" Buckley, ...