You may not be aware that Las Vegas is the base for impressive reggae outfit Bonafide, but here they are with a remastered mix of their track ‘Start and Stop’. With the involvement of Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley it’s a hard-hitting and in many ways troubling musical account of the current violence toward, and mistreatment of, black communities in the United States and elsewhere – including the toppling of the statue of slave trader Colston in Bristol in June of this year. Musically it’s a strong reggae track and the video images show that, at heart, the band’s perspective is an optimistic one.
Bonafide and Damian Marley: Start and Stop, Broadyard Records, Release September 2020