Calling Rastafari

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His vocal improvisations and deeply reverential Rastafarian chanting make Winston Rodney, a.k.a. Burning Spear, one of reggae's most distinctly compelling entities. Spear celebrates his 30th anniversary with the release of CALLING RASTAFARI, bestowing messages of love and unity, upholding the teachings of Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey, and offering praises to Jah Rastafari -- themes that have become inextricably linked to Jamaica's esteemed "man in the hills." The adventurous arrangements of Spear's Burning Band, among reggae's tightest ensembles, deliver majestic horn riffs, heavy bass lines, and hypnotic rhythmic configurations, appropriately accompanying the meditative "Brighten My Vision," ...
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His vocal improvisations and deeply reverential Rastafarian chanting make Winston Rodney, a.k.a. Burning Spear, one of reggae's most distinctly compelling entities. Spear celebrates his 30th anniversary with the release of CALLING RASTAFARI, bestowing messages of love and unity, upholding the teachings of Jamaican freedom fighter Marcus Garvey, and offering praises to Jah Rastafari -- themes that have become inextricably linked to Jamaica's esteemed "man in the hills." The adventurous arrangements of Spear's Burning Band, among reggae's tightest ensembles, deliver majestic horn riffs, heavy bass lines, and hypnotic rhythmic configurations, appropriately accompanying the meditative "Brighten My Vision," "Hallelujah," and "Holy Man." A plea for harmony in the "House of Reggae" and an inspiring tribute to multiculturalism in "Statue of Liberty" elevate Spear to reggae's premier roots-rock role model, a venerable, thought-provoking Rasta elder with an eternally youthful spirit.
All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
By this time Burning Spear's sound is well established: slow, smoky roots reggae grooves embellished by horns and featuring little or no melody; in its place is Winston Rodney's hypnotic speak-singing, a relatively tuneless chant that invariably delivers messages of spiritual uplift, political resistance and social discipline. On his latest outing, Rodney does not departs at all from his usual approach, which in lesser artists might be seen as a sign of stagnation, but in his case just sounds like virtuous consistency. The program opens with "As It Is," which recycles Spear's classic "Marcus Garvey" with new (and unfortunately self-referential) lyrics. Things improve immediately with the sweet and quietly propulsive "Hallelujah" and the surprisingly tuneful "House of Reggae." "Statue of Liberty" combines a biting criticism of American immigration policy with percolating guitar, a funky horn line, and a martial rockers beat. The album ends with an extended mix of "Holy Man," a horn-heavy paean to Haile Selassie. The Burning Band is rock solid throughout. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661774421
  • Catalog Number: 617744

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 As It Is (4:56)
  2. 2 Hallelujah (6:51)
  3. 3 House Of Reggae (4:37)
  4. 4 Let's Move (4:36)
  5. 5 Brighten My Vision (4:47)
  6. 6 You Want Me To (4:57)
  7. 7 Calling Rastafari (3:51)
  8. 8 Sons Of He (5:59)
  9. 9 Statue Of Liberty (3:36)
  10. 10 Own Security (4:27)
  11. 11 Holy Man (5:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Burning Spear Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Gut String Guitar
Wayne Armond Guitar
Chico Chin Trumpet
Ian Coleman Guitar, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Stephen Stewart Keyboards
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Carol Nelson Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
James Smith Trumpet
Chris Meridith Bass Guitar
Howard Messam Saxophone
Rochell Bradshaw Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Clyde Cumming Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Shawn "Mark" Dawson Drums
Lesline Kidd Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Micah Robinson Trombone
Num-Heru-Ur Shutef Percussion, Gut String Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Yvonne Patrick Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Burning Spear Arranger
Toby Mountain Mastering
Barry O'Hare Engineer
Joshua Blood Lyric Transcription
Sonia Rodney Executive Producer
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