I’ve made no secret of the fact that my favourite artist from Jamaica’s ‘Reggae Revival’ has been Kabaka Pyramid and his was also my favourite show at last year’s Boomtown. He has a fire and presence that is sadly lacking in many younger artists across various genres, his lyrics are sharp and incredibly relevant for the problems of today and whether Hip-hop or Reggae (or both) he has some seriously solid tunes to back up his other talents.
With that in mind my amigos at Diplomats Of Sound have put together a UK tour ahead of his forthcoming debut album ‘Contraband’ – the shows start this Sunday in Bristol but here’s a poster with all the dates.
Kabaka has also just dropped the first single from the album called ‘Can’t Breathe’, which he explains is about ‘the stress and strain of the system and the mental pollution we are fed day to day (which) reminds me of feeling claustrophobic and suffocated’. I’m sure many people can relate so it’s criminal that more exposure isn’t given to this modern day Peter Tosh right now.
For anyone not already familiar with his music, here’s a few more of my personal favourites.