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Akae Beka's inimitable style of rich, deep, multi-layered songwriting, uncompromising devotion to RasTafari and soulful healing melodies developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings. At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known.

The stellar production trinity that is Zion I Kings have been involved collectively and individually in creating some of the most highly regarded contributions to the vast Akae Beka catalogue. Ride Tru, originally released digitally and on CD in 2014, stood every chance disappearing into the all eclipsing shadow of the LP released by them earlier that year, Beauty for Ashes, which had been named by iTunes as the reggae album of the year. A monumental achievement for undiluted, uncompromising RasTafari roots reggae music this side of the millennium. So needless to say, the bar was high and Vaughn Benjamin and Zion I Kings must have known that, as they managed to raise it higher again.

Ride Tru continues in the same form, rootsy, soulful, refreshingly polished and authentically raw, the threads of anciency that any devout reggae lover will be looking for and the threads of modernity that keep it alive and appealing in the modern day. A uniquely regal tapestry that has become synonymous with music created from the unity of Zion I Kings and Vaughn Benjamin

Following 8 years of anxious anticipation, for the countless Akae Beka fans that are also vinyl connoisseurs, this LP is now being released on as a 12" vinyl LP courtesy of Before Zero Records. This offers the listener not only the chance to enjoy this LP in an analogue form, but also the chance to hold the artwork as a 12" square masterpiece, created by the hands of Ras Marcus, the artist who gave the powerful visual presence that became synonymous to much of the I Grade / Akae Beka works over the years.

TRACK LISTING

1. Calm The Day
2. To Them
3. To Ge Da
4. Credited
5. Conquering Lion
6. Voices Of The Remnancy
7. Arise Again
8. Worry Free
9. How I'll Carry On
10. Ride Tru

Akae Beka's inimitable style, developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite. At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. His prolific output coupled with his uniquely rich, deep, multilayered songwriting and uncompromising devotion to RasTafari has earned him a place amongst the reggae legends.

The production trinity, Zion I Kings have been involved collectively and individually in co-creating some of the most highly regarded contributions to the vast Akae Beka catalogue.

Now available on 12" vinyl courtesy of Before Zero Records, Portals was originally released on CD and Digital in 2016. It garnered critical acclaim and held position in the billboard charts top 10 for 2 weeks. Produced collaboratively between Zion I Kings and Vaughn Benjamin (Akae Beka), who co-produced & arranged 5 of the 13 songs himself, alongside the ZIK players in St. Croix's Aqua Sounds Studio. The album's sound continues a trajectory of textural, guitar-driven roots reggae that Zion I Kings and Padraic Coursey first explored on the track "Weather the Storm" on 2014's Beauty for Ashes.

TRACK LISTING

1. Heavy Low
2. Ideals Of The Emperor
3. Like Rhyme
4. By All For All
5. Portals
6. Let Babylon Go
7. Simplest Long
8. Changes
9. Dem A Warriah
10. Love Is The Mainstay

Producer, Zion I Kings’ trademark style of hardcore roots reggae beats joins Pressure & Barbara Naps for these two killer tracks, Jah Is Worthy and The Rainbow which are both on higher god level, rhythmic and chuggy it’s a keeper this one. 

TRACK LISTING

1. Jah Is Worthy (feat. Pressure & Barbara Naps)
2. Instrumental Version (feat. Pressure & Barbara Naps)
3. The Rainbow (feat. Pressure, Barbara Naps & Barabara Naps)
4. The Rainbow Dub (feat. Pressure & Barbara Naps)

Akae Beka's inimitable style, developed over decades performing with St. Croix based band Midnite and countless recordings (including 2014 iTunes reggae album of the year BEAUTY FOR ASHES and RIDE TRU). At the point of his untimely passing in 2019, he had released over 70LP's. He is without a doubt one of the most prolific reggae artists ever known and his quanity is always matched with quality, with his albums consistently featuring in the top 10 on the billboard charts reggae LPs.

A unique contribution to the sea of Akae Beka titles, this LP showcases Vaughn Benjamin in a stripped back, raw accoustic fashion. An LP which will not be easily confined to any one genre, but for the fans of Vaughns uniquly rich, deep, textrued songwriting, uncompromising devotion to RasTafari and soulful healing melodies an absolute must have!

TRACK LISTING

1. Tempest I've Seen
2. Rallying Cry
3. Melodies
4. Here Hear
5. Going Thru
6. Clarify And Resume
7. Real Ranks
8. Perdon
9. Topaz
10. Edgy Business

For more than a decade, Jamaica's Micah Shemaiah has been crafting his musical message with a keen and steady focus on Rastafari redemption and African unification. His writing style embraces and combines several genres of music delivering unique sounds that will appeal to any ear. Coming from the original home of the sound, Kingston City, and growing up in the Rastafarian house of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, this singer / songwriter has certainly put down a solid foundation in the reggae industry and has carved a place in the hearts of reggae lovers all over the world.

This new 12' vinyl LP offers 8 vocals and 2 dubs. Produced by Zion I Kings and underpinned with their trademark style of hardcore roots reggae, showcasing a broad spectrum of Micahs vocal talents. 


TRACK LISTING

Side 1
1. Spiritual (4:13)
2. Angels In Zion (4:22)
3. House Of Cards (4:06)
4. Natural Man (3:37)
5. Natural Man (dub) (3:38)
Side 2
1. Still (3:39)
2. Space & Time (4:13)
3. Wicked Babylon (4:39)
4. Roots Rock Sound (4:08)
5. Roots Rock Sound (dub) (4:08)


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