Gargamel Music, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of Jamaican music icon Buju Banton’s highly anticipated roots reggae album, Rasta Got Soul. Recorded over a seven year period at Buju’s own Gargamel Music studio, the long- awaited project will be available online everywhere in the United States, Canada and Jamaica, tomorrow April 21, 2009. The date marks the 43rd anniversary of the late Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie’s historic visit to Jamaica in 1966. Rasta Got Soul will also be available exclusively on iTunes in Europe and the UK for one month prior to the official release in the territory in May.
His most musically audacious work to date, Rasta Got Soul unites Buju Banton’s characteristic vocals and consistently positive messages, grounded in the tenets of Rastafari, with organic reggae rhythms carefully crafted by a select aggregation of the island’s finest musicians. Buju explains, “The album features nothing but soul shifting, uplifting reggae, to inspire, to thrill, to light an inner fire, to be glorified and rejuvenated; I just want to recreate that vibe when reggae music would speak to everyone.”
The Department of Literatures in English at the University of the West Indies, Mona, in association with Gargamel Music, Inc. will officially launch Rasta Got Soul, on Wednesday, April 22nd at 5:30pm at the Undercroft Senate Building. The event will be hosted by Dr. Carolyn Cooper, who says, “Buju Banton is one of the songwriters whose lyrics are the subject of the department’s cutting-edge course on Reggae Poetry. Rasta Got Soul demonstrates Buju’s versatility as a hardcore dancehall DJ who can also sing rocking, rootsical reggae.”
Buju Banton will be touring Europe in support of the album this summer. The Rasta Got Soul North Amerian Tour will kick off this Fall.