“Morgan Heritage have proved that they are not shy to express themselves with their loud approach to this album. They seem to made a statement with it along the lines of, “Here we are, whether you like it or not” topped off with pride and openness. This is probably why it has been featured in the top spot on the US iTunes Reggae Chart. Let’s take a look at some of the tracks. The album opens with the title track, ‘Strictly Roots’. Straight
Nach dem ausgezeichneten „Strictly Roots“-Album (wir berichteten) erscheint nun mit „Avrakedabra“ auf eigenem Label CTBS Music Group der neue Longplayer der Morgans, welcher einmal mehr und ganz typisch für Morgan Heritage die Möglichkeiten gegenwärtiger, breitentauglicher Reggae-Gangarten aufzeigt. Zu Morgan Heritage wurde eigentlich bereits alles gesagt, so auch im SOUL TRAIN, der sich seit seinen Anfängen um die Reggae-Band-Institution bemüht. Dabei spielt oft die Intonation und der Zeitgeist topaktueller Pop- und Rock-Musikkultur eine tragendere Rolle als der eigentliche Musikstil Reggae, egal ob die Schattierung
Morgan Heritage took home the Grammy last year for the year’s best new reggae album. Listening through the 13-song record, it is no surprise why the album took the award in the noted category. The songs’ musical arrangements are anything but strictly roots. Sure, there are plenty of throwbacks to reggae’s roots in that record, but there are also plenty of more modern influences present throughout the record. That is one of the aspects that make the album’s recent re-issue stand
Although they won the Grammy for “Best Reggae Album” in 2015, it’s clear on their new album, Avrakedabra, that Morgan Heritage does not want to be pigeon-holed into that genre. Over the course of the LP, you can hear Morgan Heritage transition from a G-funk style, to dubstep, back to roots reggae.
Dubbed the “Royal Family of Reggae,” the team of Peetah Morgan/voc, Una Morgan/key, Roy Morgan/key, Nakhamyah Morgan/g and Memmalatel Morgan/perc mix some vintage sounds with extra electronic scapes. Vox effects are heard on pieces with Mr. Talkbox guesting on “Want Some More” while a bit of hip hop pops in on “Golden.” Urban grooves added by Bunny Ruggs make “Tribute to Ruggs” a delight while swampy sounds with “Drezion” add to “Reggae Night.” The vocals are earnest all throughout with each
Following the Grammy-winning success of_ Strictly Roots_, Morgan Heritage returns with Avrakedabra, and another melodically bright collection of contemporary reggae. The Morgan siblings invite a lot of guests to the fold, leading off the 14-song album with Mr. Talkbox (Bruno Mars) accenting the vocals of Peetah and Gramps on the one-drop, horn-driven “Want Some More.” There is the advisory “Live Your Life,” that leads to the brothers Marley, Stephen and Ziggy, sharing in the vibe on “One Family,” and its reggaeton
Morgan Heritage - Avrakedabra Looks as though reggae's most successful family band has been whittled down from a core quintet to a threesome, and now lead singer Peter Morgan (truly one of the most engaging front men in all of Jamaican music), keyboardist/vocalist Gramps Morgan and percussionist/vocalist Mr. Mojo are going forward under the MH name. What hasn't changed is their growing determination (so it would seem) to modernize roots reggae music to the max. Opening track "Want Some More" (referring to
Few albums have the ability to captivate from the beginning to end, but this stunning new release from GRAMMY award winning reggae legends Morgan Heritage does that and more. From the shimmering and smooth opening track, “Want Some More,” to the melodic and nostalgic tones of “One Family,” this entire collection is velvety listening throughout. Noted producer Shannon Sanders proves once again that he has the Midas touch when it comes to working with artists whose music packs a strong punch.
Avrakedabra! The Royal Family of Reggae has returned with the announcement of their 11th studio album. Grammy Award-winning, Morgan Heritage recently unveiled the name and cover art to their latest project, Avrakedabra. The album comes on the heels of the critically acclaimed, Grammy winning, Strictly Roots, and is the second project to be released on the band’s independent record label CTBC Music Group. Morgan Heritage just launched their Avrekedabra World Tour beginning at the legendary SXSW Music Festival where the band
Surprise! The New England roots of reggae’s sibling act Morgan Heritage. In recent years, reggae charts, major festivals, and Grammy nominee lists for Best Reggae Album have featured plenty of American-bred bands. It is debatable whether all of these groups really deserve the spotlight, but the attention is definitely helping generate more popularity for the music. What reggae fans might not realize is that an act many credit with helping to kick off the current Jamaican roots revival has strong American ties —