Various Artists African Rebel Music: Roots Reggae and Dancehall
- Words: Justin Hopper
- Label: Out Here
African reggae has never exploded in the West the way Jamaican reggae has, yet it's in Mother Africa that the music has not just its roots but some of its finest practitioners. Out Here's new collection covers everything from Bantu's fuji-ragga crossover to the Ivory Coast's Tiken Jah Fakoly (who tout roots vibes like a Francophone Misty in Roots), to Ghana's Batman, whose gruff-voiced dancehall employs highlife guitars and electronic beats in some of the most distinctly African reggae to date. With hardly a bum track to moan about, Rebel Music is simply a must-have taste of today's musical transatlanticism.
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