The dancehall sensation Buju Banton guest stars the show Higher Meditation this week to talk his music and the recent release of his new album titled “Rasta Got Soul.” Everyone here at Bigupradio is very excited to have Buju back in the studio. Tune in this Wednesday and every Wednesday to hear Itation Sound spin the best reggae dancehall streaming online! ONE LOVE
About Buju Banton:
A descendant of the Maroons (the fierce freedom fighters who fended off attacks from the British colonial regiments) Buju was born Mark Anthony Myrie on July 15, 1973, the youngest of 15 children born to a higgler (market vendor) mother. Buju entered JamaicaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musical fraternity in the mid-Ã¢â‚¬â„¢80s and his career accelerated into high gear with the 1991 release of his debut album for Penthouse Records Mr. Mention; propelled by the hits Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love Mi BrowningÃ¢â‚¬Â and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bogle,Ã¢â‚¬Â in 1992 Buju broke Bob MarleyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s record for the most number one singles in one year on the Jamaican charts.
At just 20 years old BujuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1993 release Voice of Jamaica (Mercury Records) was lauded for bringing astute social commentary to the dancehall on the hits Ã¢â‚¬Å“Operation ArdentÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“DeporteeÃ¢â‚¬Â and the safe sex anthem, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Willy DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Be SillyÃ¢â‚¬Â. BujuÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s musical innovations continued with the Grammy nominated Til Shiloh, integrating lyrics reflecting his (then) recently cited Rastafari way of life with conventional reggae rhythms and computerized dancehallÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s combustible energy especially on the singles Ã¢â‚¬Å“MurdererÃ¢â‚¬Â and his self produced Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not An Easy RoadÃ¢â‚¬Â which played major roles in redirecting dancehall lyrics away from x-rated and violent imagery and towards positive themes. Find out more about Buju Banton here: http://www.gargamelmusic.com
About Itation Sound:
Starting as a Sound System in 1998, Itation has moved forward to becoming a record label in 2007. Working mostly out of the Itation Studio in California, they have been able to collaborate with many artists who frequent the Bay Area.
Their first riddim was produced with the help of St. Croix reggae artist “Batch” and Executive Producer Daniel “Jah Mystic”. The riddim is called “Higher Meditation”, and is now out featuring other artists such as Sizzla, Jah Mason, Wayne Wonder, Anthony Cruz, and Freddie McGregor. Itation’s follow up riddim to the Higher Meditation, is called the “Show Love” riddim. It was produced with Jah Sun of More Love Productions. It has many wicked combinations, including Jah Sun’s big tune with Prezident Brown, “Show Love”. Other big artists on the riddim are, Gyptian, Norris Man & Pressure, Binghi Ghost & Luv Fyah, Lady Passion, Lutan Fyah, Natty King, Rocker T, Batch and many more. It was released in May 2008. Currently Itation is working on its next release to be released in the Summer of 2008. It was arranged by Tune In Crew from France. It features many big tunes by artists such as Sizzla, Pressure, Anthony Cruz, Jah Mason, Chezidek, Turbulence, Rocker T and Ras Matthew, just to name a few!
Right now Itation is getting ready to release a big big album with artist, Batch. The album has been recorded, mixed and produced by Danjres Will of Revolution Sounds & Royal Inity. It also will feature Batch’s song, “Righteously Striving”, from the Show Love Riddim. Be sure to check back soon to hear more about this project.