• u-roy True Born African (LP, £14.50)

    label: Ariwa Sounds

    Features The Wild Bunch, Kofi, Sister Audrey and Sandra Cross / Mad Professor Produced. Recorded in London and Los Angeles this ARIWA release breathes some fresh air into the ever wonderful DJ Reggae sound created by DJ legend U-Roy. Cuts like ‘True Born African’ and ‘Ghetto Youth’ have a fresh feel to them as U Roy lays it down in his inevitable wild stylee! U-Roy aka Ewart Beckford's toasting career started in the early 1960’s where he had DJ stints with some impressive sound systems like Dickie Wongs Sound System, Sir Coxsone Dodd's Sound System where he worked alongside DJ legend King Stitt aka The Ugly One before moving on to King Tubbys Hometown Hi Fi System. Early singles produced by the likes of Keith Hudson and Duke Reid saw U-Roy make the mark and he became one of the top toasters. 1975 saw the relese of the classic Dread In Babylon LP which concreted his status as a true talent. True Born African once again sees U-Roy deliver a striking DJ album with Mad Professors production and guidance. Album features The Robotiks, The Wild Bunch, Sandra Cross and Kofi. Tracks: True Born African / Ghetto Youth / Everlasting Rap / Rob The Natty / Mi Brethren / False Prophecy / Money Honey / Birds Of A Feather / Jump Up Soca / Bye Bye City Living

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