Ras Michael/The Sons Of Negus, Rastafari Dub [Remaster]

Jeff Chang

By Jeff Chang

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The root of Rastafarian music is nyabinghi hand-drumming, an African style that spread through Kingston in the '50s and formed the foundation for many ska hits. During the mid '70s, Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus helped update the sound for the roots generation. They joined Peter Tosh and members of the Aggrovators including Robbie Shakespeare, Santa Davis and Tommy McCook in 1975 for the original vocal version of this set. But I favor this 1979 version, mixed by Tommy Cowan and Ras Michael, for its lo-fi funkiness.