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    Sabebe – “Light of Saba, The” – [Kingston Connexion]

    Originally out in 1978, reissued in 2008 by Jacques Golub. As much a
    soul album made in Jamaica as a reggae album. The closing track,
    “Africa” with its great driving hand-percussion, catches an
    Afro-Beat stride, and other moments felt like the Art Ensemble
    of Chicago trying to sneak onto Soul Train for a slow dance
    number. “Caliweed” is a blend of herbs and Isley’s “Summer Breeze”
    while the track before that seems like it came from the same
    hydroponic high, “Music in My Brain.” That has some very 70’s
    synth analog oogling. Some horn charts that have the football
    highlight reel strength, the lead-off track has both congos
    and a Congo-esque falsetto feel as the band summons their name
    and strength. Voodoo too with the bonus of “Legba Praise” pure
    heavy hitting percussion riffin’ (Check the fine liner notes
    for tributes to the elders in an interview with Phillip Whyte
    the man at the heart of Sabebe’s flame.) Mellow positive vibes.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on November 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,Reggae
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