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Tuesday, Jun 13 2017 | 07:33
Image: 1610502 U-Roy was a true reggae pioneer, dubbed The Originator for
good reason. Bursting onto the Jamaican scene in the early
1970s, he pioneered the vocal approach called “toasting,”
which in addition to bringing Jamaican music into a new era,
was also heavily influential on an American vocal style also in
its infancy: rapping.
Following up the Record Store Day 2017 release of U-Roy’s
classic Dread In A Babylon, Traffic Entertainment Group now
brings us a very welcome reissue of the vocalist’s 1976
full-length (and fourth) album, Natty Rebel, which has been
out of print for more than 30 years.
Produced by Tony Robinson (known for his work with Big
Youth, Lloyd Parks, the Gladiators and many more), the
album’s 11 cuts range from bouncier and sometimes even
disco-tinged grooves – “Have Mercy,” “Go There Natty” and
the album lead-off, “Babylon Burning” – to the classic roots
stepping that drew fans to the legendary Jamaican vocalist
over his long career – including “So Jay Jah Say” and “Natty
Kung Fu.”
At its core, this is a deep journey into the heart of rasta living,
spoken by one of Jamaica’s most underrated dub and roots
legends, and it’s one of the strongest full-lengths in his
expansive catalog.
Whether you are experiencing U-Roy for the first time, or
replacing your decades-old original LP, diving into this
reissue of Natty Rebel is one hell of a way to spend an
afternoon. Or, if you’re not careful, a week or two.

A1. Babylon Burning
A2. Natty Rebel
A3. So Jah Jah Say
A4. Natty Kung Fu
A5. If You Should Leave Me
B1. Do You Remember
B2. Travelling Man
B3. Have Mercy
B4. Badie Boo
B5. Go There Natty
B6. Fire In A Trenchtown Available from 07.07.2017
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