Without doubt the Jamaican citizien Anthony B is one of the biggest reggae stars on the planet and therefore he is able to look back on a decades-long music career including several hits he created. Irievibrations Records from Vienna/Austria is going to release the newest masterpiece of the well-respected Singjay called “Freedom Fighter” which will be in stores end of May 2012.
The album comes with a wide thematically range offered by Anthony B which is backed by powerful, live recorded riddims. On “Freedom Fighter” Anthony B remembers his roots and therefore doesn’t follow any hype and sticks to roots reggae music. However there are also other highlights on the album, which show the openness to different styles like r’n'b (“No One Knows Tomorrow”) and dancehall (“Beat Dem Bad” feat. Konshens).
The exclusive production of Irievibrations Records gives the new longplayer a unique touch, which Anthony B takes as a hearable benefit. These are the best conditions that “Freedom Fighter” will be mentioned in the same breath as classics like “Universal Struggle” or “Street Knowledge”. Reasoning about the album Anthony B told Syrix (the producer of Irievibrations) that he sees “Freedom Fighter” on a par with these mentioned classics.
The beginnings of Anthony B, born Keith Anthony Blair, started at the church choir of Clarks Town, a small parish from the north coast of Jamaica. Affected and driven by his musical role models like Otis Redding and Peter Tosh, the 16 year old Keith left in 1992 his hometown to work on his singing career in Kingston/Jamaica.
Arriving in the capital, he was soon discovered from the producer Richard “Bell” Bello of Star Trail Records, under whose direction Anthony B’s first hits like “Fire Pon Rome”, “Rumour” and “Raid Di Barn” were born and many followed.
17 albums, hundreds of hits and countless soldout live shows around the globe are the proof that Anthony B is one of the leading performers in reggae music and beyond its boundaries. Collaboration with international stars like Akon, Wyclef Jean, Snoop Dogg, R. Kelly or german top-act Seeed underline Anthony B’s reputation, and due to his strongly worded lyrics, he is also considered as the voice of the poor and oppressed people around the planet.
01. Freedom Fighter
02. No One Knows Tomorrow
03. Send The Rain Away
04. Too Hard
05. Born To Be Free
07. Same Boat
08. Beat Dem Bad feat. Konshens
09. Light Of Mine
10. Where To Turn
11. Defend My Own
12. Jah Bless Me
13. Cry Blood
14. Hail Jah
The album Anthony B “Freedom Fighter” (Irievibrations Records) is going to be released May 25, 2012.