This new album from highly respected US roots reggae outfit Morgan Heritage features a wide variety of guest performers including dancehall A-lister Shaggy, American reggae and R&B vocalist J Boog, Eric Rachmany of Rebelution, Bobby Lee of Grammy-nominated SOJA and a newer Jamaican talent, Chronixx. Many of the tracks within are firmly and strongly in the roots tradition, including the title track ‘Strictly Roots’, ‘Child of Jah’ (featuring Chronixx), ‘Put It on Me’ and ‘Rise and Fall’, a top Marley-esque reggae tune. The advance single release, ‘Perform and Done’, produced by Don Chandler and BBC Radio 1/BBC 1Xtra’s Seani B is a little different in feel but is likely to have more impact with its elements of hip-hop and dancehall.
The children of legendary reggae artist Denroy Morgan, siblings Peetah Morgan (vocals), Una Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Gramps Morgan (keyboard/vocals), Lukes Morgan (rhythm guitar) and Mr. Mojo Morgan (percussion/vocals) are collectively a powerful force, and this is a strong release. The album is independently released on their own self-funded label and the band’s commitment to causes of social justice and equality is evident throughout.
Morgan Heritage: ‘Strictly Roots’: album release on independent label CTBC (Cool to be Conscious) Music Group, 15th June 2015. Single ‘Perform and Done’ released 25th May 2015