Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Messenger Is Back

Jah Messenger a.k.a Jamaican reggae singer Luciano returns Feb 12, 2008 with his latest Dean Fraser-produced album, Jah Is My Navigator , and its a stunner.

Crisp one-drop tracks punctuated by live horns and instumentation, a few acoustic ballads, plus brilliant riddims both revive and new make this one of Luciano's most consistent and complete works. Check di preview + press kit.

Or grab this gem, on the "Pass The Kutchie" riddim:

Luciano "Sweet Jamaica"

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For more than decade, Luciano has been spreading his wisdom and soothing sounds across the sphere. Since the release his landmark CD in 1995, Where There Is Life, succeeded by more than 40 full-length albums that have garnered tremendous acclaim, Jah Is My Navigator, the Rastaman’s most recent release on VP, is arguably the quintessential cultural album for 2008.

Jah Is My Navigator embraces Luciano’s powerful baritone over traditional one drop riddims, accompanied by prophetic lyrics that are both peaceful and nourishing. “The true navigator is the almighty,” says Luciano of the title track written by Tarrus Riley… "People depending on all different types of navigation, even vehicles now a days come with navigation system…Jah Is My Navigator is an essential title that is needed right now.”

Produced by the legendary Dean Fraser, Jah Is My Navigator is destined to appeal to both dedicated and casual reggae fans. The album features a guest appearance by Andrew Tosh (son of late, great, Peter Tosh) on Luci’s sweet rendition of the reggae icon’s 1960’s boom tune, "I’m The Tuffest".

His opening wail on "Sweet Jamaica," a heartfelt plea to save the suffering island from destruction, is so passionate as he cries, "gimme back me sweet Jamaica/ too much gun de bout ya/ too much shot a fire/ lawd a too much murder."