Nga Han and the Hi-Flyers/ Kingston Echo: Emergence

From Jamaican-born singer Nga Han, supported by Belgian producer Kingston Echo, come this new album release ‘Emergence’. Recorded and produced in Antwerp, the album is released alongside its dub counterpart ‘Submergence’. The vocal album is a strong mix of reggae sounds, consisting of eight tracks, ranging from the title track which has an 80s feel with its guitar rhythm and brass backing through ‘Versatile’ with a semi-spoken vocal reminiscent of Linton Kwesi Johnson – not a bad comparison! The album closes with Way Out, a powerful roots song, previously released as a single. The album is accompanied by a dub version of the tracks, and these are excellent arrangements made in an obvious knowledge of the 70s dub masters but by no means dominated by the all-heavy bass of that period. An impressive release, authentic and powerful reggae music

Manaky: Kyana Run Weh

Here’s Hungarian reggae band Manaky with a fine roots single, strong on melody and passion. The band released their first eponymous album back in 2016, and this new single ‘Kyana Run Weh’ is taken from their forthcoming new album entitled ‘Reborn’. The band produce an authentic reggae sound, relatively unencumbered by studio effects and electronics, and have already built up a live reputation in Hungary. This new release should enhance their impact further and the striking video released to accompany the single will also help achieve that. Good luck!

Manaky: Kyana Run Weh, release October 2020