Rasta Business

Rasta Business

by Burning Spear
     
 

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"Talking, reasoning, about some constructive things"; this line from "Every Other Nation" nicely sums up Rasta Business, whose songs act as a launch pad for a series of insightful discussions. And who better than Winston Rodney to lecture and educate; it's a role the Burning Spear has always held, although he remains somewhat unsure if others respect it. "MySee more details below

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"Talking, reasoning, about some constructive things"; this line from "Every Other Nation" nicely sums up Rasta Business, whose songs act as a launch pad for a series of insightful discussions. And who better than Winston Rodney to lecture and educate; it's a role the Burning Spear has always held, although he remains somewhat unsure if others respect it. "My diploma is from his Majesty, never recognized by society," he insists. Jamaica is in need of a voice, a recognized speaker, another of "Every Other Nation"'s observations. However, the island's real national voices are lost in the din of PR and spin, and even Rastafarianism has found itself marketed, a development that meets with Rodney's disapproval, forms the theme for the album's title track, and is further explored on "Legal Hustlers." Rodney may no longer be the impassioned, searing Spear of yore, and while he still scathingly condemns on occasion, it's evident his true aim is to educate and raise consciousness, a point that the anthemic "Subject in School" makes clear as the singer campaigns for lessons in Garvey-ism. The sublime "Africa" is a crash course in repatriation, while "Not Stupid" adopts his classic "Slavery Days" to current events. Like all great ambassadors and teachers, Rodney puts his views across with clarity while simultaneously reaching out to those who have yet to grasp his points. He makes all learning enjoyable, all discussions pertinent, and his insightful views continue to intrigue. As always, his band cooks merrily along behind him, but the music, strong as it is, is not the focus here, merely an auditory tool to enhance the lecture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/27/2004
Label:
Burning Music
UPC:
0828283032224
catalogNumber:
322

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Burning Spear   Primary Artist
Paul Beckford   Bass,Group Member
Rupert Bent   Guitar
Chico Chin   Trumpet
Basil Cunningham   Bass
Charles Dickey   Trombone,Group Member
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Alvin Haughton   Percussion,Group Member
Robert Lyn   Synthesizer,Piano
Nelson Miller   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jay Noel   Synthesizer,Group Member
Lenford Richards   Guitar
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Winston Rodney   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Akete,Group Member
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Carol Nelson   Background Vocals
Tedo Davis   Background Vocals
Sharon Gordon   Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Lenval Jarret   Rhythm Guitar
James Smith   Trumpet,Group Member
Mark Wilson   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Burning Spear   Author
Nelson Miller   Producer
Barry O'Hare   Engineer
Lenford Richards   Contributor
Winston Rodney   Producer

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