Stephen Marley makes his return with the first of a two part album compilation with Revelation part 1: The Root of Life. Son of the infamous Bob Marley, the reggae artist already has Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life recorded and ready to go for a fall release. With The Root of Life, Marley hopes to show the root of reggae music, and bring a new generation into the discovery of “roots reggae”. Marley has already designated the album’s follow up Fruit of Life to showcase a more “electric feel”.
The first track off the album “Made in Africa” has Marley’s vocals backed with the cast of Fela and rustic percussion, the later a feature throughout the album. Also featured on the track is rapper Wale who lends his tribute to “mama aftrica”. “Jah Army” is the first single off The Root of Life and features Marley’s brother Damian “Jr Gong Marley” in a timeless hard driving roots reggae tribute to Rastafarian beliefs. The track also features Buju Banton who also does not fail to deliver. Marley’s follow up single “No Cigarette Smoking” is a romantic reggae ballad that features the sultry vocals of Guyanese/Canadian singer Melanie Fiona. Together, Marley and Fiona deliver a memorable lovers-rock track that even made its debut on top of the iTunes reggae charts at number one.
Marley’s third album release features themes of roots pride and action against political oppression in tracks such as “Old Slaves” and “Can’t Keep I Down”, both which include driving dramatic percussions. Also featured on the album are collaborations with brother Ziggy Marley on “The Chapel” and Stragga Benz on the track “Working ways”. Revelation part 1: The Root of Life is a must have for those who appreciate genuine reggae music, and no doubt has everyone waiting in anticipation for his fall release of Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of life.
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