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Jahmekya
     

Jahmekya

by Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
 
From their earliest days, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers had gloried in crossing over sounds and blending genres, shoving reggae into the pop world, then dragging it out to the discos. But now the group was swiftly outgrowing this teenybop phase, maturing into adults with more sophisticated tastes. Ziggy was no longer the main songwriter, as his siblings joined in,

Overview

From their earliest days, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers had gloried in crossing over sounds and blending genres, shoving reggae into the pop world, then dragging it out to the discos. But now the group was swiftly outgrowing this teenybop phase, maturing into adults with more sophisticated tastes. Ziggy was no longer the main songwriter, as his siblings joined in, notably David, who composed many of the tracks on Jahmekya. The album has a much tougher sound than previous records, and its digitized beats are indebted to Jamaica's dancehalls. Stephen's growing interest in this scene is evident on "Raw Riddim," a pure dancehall number, stripped down to the beats. However, the other members of the group are pulling away from influences of their homeland toward the urban contemporary sounds pouring from the U.S. Much of Jahmekya explores this style, twining in funk, soul, and modern R&B into the group's mix. Of course there's still a sprinkling of reggae pop tracks and rootsy dance numbers, but it's clear that the group is moving beyond these old sounds and evolving a more contemporary style. This album would lose Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers much of their pop fan base, but earn them a more loyal adult audience. Once again, it was nominated for a Grammy; however, this time the group did not win.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/29/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778621720
catalogNumber:
86217
Rank:
94593

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Rita Marley   Background Vocals
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Cedella Marley Booker   Background Vocals
Glen Browne   Bass
Tyrone Downie   Piano,Horn,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Sharon Marley Prendergast   Background Vocals
Ziggy Marley   Vocals
Stephen Marley   Bass
Christopher Meredith   Bass
Erica Newell   Background Vocals
Glenn Rosenstein   Guitar,Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Constantine Walker   Guitar
Rick "Soldier" Will   Percussion
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Drums

Technical Credits

Giles Reaves   Programming
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Programming
Glenn Rosenstein   Producer
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers   Producer
Steve Gerdes   Illustrations
John David Parker   Contributor
Melanie Nissen   Art Direction
David Marley   Composer
Glenn Rubenstein   Producer

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