Collectors of Alborosie’s unstoppable run of early singles will remember Marathon: a 2008 collaboration with a singer whose wood-smoked, nasal tone recalled Burning Spear and Culture’s Joseph Hill. That man is Spiritual and he releases his overdue second album Awakening through VP Records on February 3rd.
Awakening contains 14 tracks produced by Clifton “Specialist” Dillon, Bobby Digital and Horace Chin, featuring a raft of top musicians including Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyn, Horsemouth Wallaceand the late Nambo Robinson. All songs sound like they could have been recorded in the latter 70s – were it not for appearances by the equally ancient-sounding voices of Droop Lion and Iba Mahr.
A teacher and community organiser as well as a singer, Spiritual conversed with Reggaeville about growing up an orphan at the feet of West Kingston’s greatest music stars. He explained how his Rasta messages are inspired by his passion for good works; noted the significance of particular numbers in his life; and warned that he has a third album soon to come.
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