The world of Reggae in one village – the motto of popular Reggae website REGGAEVILLE.com is also significant
for its first riddim release. Artists from all over the world, from Jamaica, the USA, Europe to as far as India and
Indonesia showcase their voicing abilities on this modern relick of the Paragons' "Riding On A High And Windy
Day", produced by Oneness Records outta Germany.
On 25 tunes there's virtually no topic left out, be it love (by Sizzla or Erica Newell), humor (Skarra Mucci & Kip
Rich), the strains and -at the same time- joy of working the soil (Naptali with Indonesian superstar Ras Muhamad),
marihuana (Jamie Irie), music (Fyah T) the joy of life (Hawkeye & Ephraim Juda) to commenting world affairs
(Etana). Sara Lugo and Kabaka Pyramid take on the old Paragons classic on their "High & Windy" whereas
Rootz Underground present their first version on a riddim selection, which has been released officially.
Remarkable as well is "Un Canci Mai" from Sicily's Nakria who contribute the hymn of "Movimento 5 Stelle", a political movement aiming to stop the corruption and self-enrichment of the country'spoliticians. Real protest music!
The selection with 20 tracks will be out on May 25, another six tunes will be available for free download. Released
so far as singles: Skarra Mucci & Kip Rich and Nakria.
VIDEO: stay tuned for the video premiere High & Windy by Sara Lugo & Kabaka Pyramid this week. Second video coming soon… Hawkeye & Ephraim Juda!
David Katz about the Reggaeville Riddim "The rhythm draws on the Paragons’ ‘Riding On A High And Windy Day’ and I like the way that Oneness havethe track start off with the crackling sound of vinyl, sending the listener back to the rock steady days for a few
bars, until their reconstruction bursts through with a hefty backbeat, a strumming guitar and sprightly keyboards, melding the new and old to fine effect.[…] Etana delivers one of her hardest-hitting releases of recent times with the defiant ‘One Fist’, which manages to maintain an R&B underpinning."