Progressive Roots Reggae; Taj Weekes Opens Up on New Album
Jatta Records is proud to announce the release date for Taj Weekes & Adowa’s much anticipated fifth album. Love Herb & Reggae is slated for release in February 2016 through VPAL, the distribution arm of VP Records.
As a timely and even necessary update of the decades-old “sex, drugs and rock’n’roll” thinking, this powerful album expounds on social themes with a progressive approach that for many will be an abrupt, refreshing change from the kind of reggae they’re used to.
Yet roots reggae it definitely is, in its insinuating rhythms, sparkling arrangements and outstanding musicianship. Consider that almost since its incarnation, reggae has seemed intent on changing the world.
Far too often, though, its more recent calls to action have been reactionary, obstructive and insular – so much so that “progressive roots reggae” has seemed an oxymoron. But now along comes Love Herb & Reggae to demolish any such expectations, pulling the whole scene forward with an openhearted, enlightened outlook. Nonetheless, the passionate call for a necessary revolution in society remains intact.
“For me this is very much a breakthrough. Previously I’d use a few chords, whatever sounded good, and sing over them; this time I carefully chose chords that not only fit the melody but would support the words. I jump from major to minor wherever necessary to get what I really want.”