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Monday, Jun 15 2009 | 12:03 Buy this now at GoodToGo (B2B)

51021Buju Banton’s new album “Rasta Got Soul” stands in one line with “Til Shiloh”, “Inna Heights” or “Friends For Life” – it’s a must! The album contains 15 tracks of finest roots reggae music, with embossed hardcover digipak and poster booklet including the lyrics to sing along! Buju Banton aka Mark Myrie is poised to fulfil his musical prophecy with his self-produced opus “Rasta Got Soul”, a vintage roots classic wrought in the harmonic tradition of reggae’s ambassadors. With over 70 minutes playtime the new longplayer unites his characteristic vocals and consistently positive messages with organic rhythms carefully crafted by a select aggregation of Jamaica’s finest musicians. It was mixed by Linford Marshall and Steven Stanley. Two significant combinations with Third World and Wyclef Jean are included. The album release is supported by a massive tour with over 40 performances all over Europe this June and July (France, Germany, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, UK, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, The Netherlands, Poland, Austria) including the big summer festivals.

Throughout his career Buju Banton has collaborated with a wide range of artists such as John Legend, Wyclef Jean, Trey Songz, Salif Keita, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe and Rancid, just ot name a few. He was personally invited by rock legend Dave Stewart to appear in the “American Prayer” music video in support of then Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Since the early 1990s, the uncompromising lyrical insights, razor sharp rhyming skills and gritty yet beguilingly melodic deejay delivery of Buju Banton has dominated Jamaican music, transcending dancehall parameters to become a universally embraced prototype for the 21st century roots reggae movement. Fourteen years after 1995’s exalted “Til Shiloh”, Buju Banton delivers the long-awaited opus “Rasta Got Soul”, his most musically audacious work to date. The album unites his characteristic vocals and consistently positive messages, grounded in the tenets of Rastafari.

“Roots music is reggae’s foundation”, explains Buju, who became a dancehall superstar by riding the latest synthesized beats with an imposing ferocity that earned him legions of loyal fans and a peerless designation as the ‘Voice of Jamaica’. “To me the computer stuff gets monotonous, in every third production you listen to you can hear some similarity in terms of the instruments that they use, as opposed to when you listen to something live, there is always something different to catch you. I aim to bring back reggae’s original sounds, original feeling and original consciousness through great poetry and pure live instruments.”


01. Hurt Us No More
02. Magic City
03. I Rise
04. Rastafari
05. I Wonder
06. A Little Bit Of Sorry
07. Affairs Of The Heart
08. Lend A Hand
09. Optimistic Soul
10. Make You Mine
11. Mary
12. Bedtime Story feat. Wyclef Jean
13. Sense Of Purpose feat. Third World
14. Be On Your Way
15. Lights Out

The album Buju BantonRasta Got Soul” (Gargamel) is going to be released June 19, 2009.

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