FT. Mutabaruka, Autarchii, Lutan Fyah, Imeru Tafari
Label: Red A Red Music Group and Maroon Productions
Digital Release: 22 April 2022 Digital Stream / Pre-Save
Veterans and Young Lions of Reggae unite on the Generation Gap Riddim, mixed by six-time Grammy award winning engineer, James Bonsai Caruso.
Red A Red Music Group and Maroon Productions present an exciting rebirth of a foundation riddim: The Generation Gap. This era-spanning project features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians, with vocal cuts by veterans Mutabaruka and Lutan Fyah, as well as emerging talents Imeru Tafari and Autarchii.
Co-produced by Jermaine Joseph, Linton Hinds Jr and Donovan Joseph, the Generation Gap Riddim takes us back in time and provides a clear look to the future. The riddim is an up-tempo re-imagining of the 1983 classic, ‘2000 Years’, originally recorded by the harmony group Time Unlimited.
True to the Generation Gap concept, two of the co-producers are father and son. Original Time Unlimited lead singer Donovan Joseph hands the mantle to his son Jermaine ‘Autarchii’ Joseph, who reinterprets his father’s ‘2000 Years’ on the riddim.
Further continuity is added by the presence of legendary guitarist Earl Chinna Smith – whose High Times band played the original cut.
Pioneering Dub Poet, Mutabaruka contributes ‘I Am’, a typically cogent and provocative summary of what it means to be Rasta, one of his first solo releases in a long time.
Spanish Town singjay and lyricist Lutan Fyah’s ‘Trouble’ is a warning against eroding freedoms of choice and movement in the pandemic era.
The son of Queen Ifrica, Imeru Tafari lends his yearning, calling voice to ‘Rastafari Student’, demonstrating the family aptitude for both melody and lyrics.
The hypnotic arrangement is played by a roll call of top musicians. These include Earl Chinna Smith on guitar, Dean Fraser on sax, Keith Francis on Bass, Larry McDonald/ Jeremiah McFarlane on percussion, and Leroy Horsemouth Wallace on drums.
The music is mixed by six-time Grammy award winning engineer James Bonsai Caruso, with the dub version, featuring the vocals of Autarchii, mixed by Chinna’s son Earl Junior.
The Generation Gap Riddim is out on April 22nd and truly brings the generations together.
Mutabaruka – I Am
Autarchii – 2000 Years Lutan Fyah – Trouble Imeru Tafari – Rastafari Student
Generation Gap Dub Version