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Malachi Smith's New Album, Tick Off, Launch

Malachi Smith’s New Album, Tick Off, Launch

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Internationally acclaimed, award winning dub poet, actor, author, playwright, radio personality and Jamaican Diaspora ambassador Malachi Smith, (MDS), releases his eighth studio album Tick Off.

Malachi Smith's New Album, Tick Off, Launch

The album speaks volumes about MDS maturity as he steps outside of his comfort zone and delivers hard hitting commentary on the issues of the day including police brutality, reparations, bankrupt political leaders, mental illness, and more. Tick Off has 10 solid tracks and one bonus track. It has no fillers. It is a symphony of word, sound, power, rhythms and vibrations woven skillfully by the master. He Beats down Zion’s door forcefully as he’s fed up with knocking and hearing no answer. The tracks on Tick Off are: Beat Down Zion’s Door, Ticked Off, In My Head, Forgotten, Help Us, Joy, The Blacker The Berry, Bawling for Justice, The Mississippi Sings for Me, Number 5 Cemetery and bonus track – In My Head.

MDS is a seven-time gold medal winner in the annual Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s annual Creative Writing Competition. Malachi was also a founding member of the critically acclaimed group Poets in Unity, which later gave birth to the award-winning Poetry Society of Jamaica. MDS is the founder of the highly successful Annual Jamaican Poets Nomadic School Poetry Festival, which takes poetry into schools and colleges across the island of Jamaica.  He is also the coordinator of the annual Louise Bennett-Coverley Heritage Council’s, Writers Clinic in South Florida. His poetry is read and published internationally and has been translated into Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

According to Professor Opal Palmer Adisa, Director of the Institute for Gender Studies, University of the West Indies, Mona, who wrote the liner notes for Tick Off, “Tick Off honours the dub poet tradition which always speaks to social injustice with tracks such as Beat Down Zion’s DoorHelp UsBawling for Justice and in the track, Tick Off. As poet and lyricist, Malachi brings the message to the people with Forgotten in which he locates iconic Jesus in the everyday contemporary milieu declaring:
“I see Jesus in a Home Depot Parking lot
Willing to work for a dollar, and his disciples
Drive by and didn’t stop, too busy
Thinking about their 401K and stocks…”

Malachi exemplifies the Hebrew meaning of his name “messenger”. No punch is spared in this 11-track offering and the cry for justice is loud, continuous and clear.

Tick Off is produced by MDS and his son, Marlon Smith, who is featured on Beat Down Zion’s Door. Marlon is also the studio engineer for the album. Tick Off also features Novel-T, Chant-i, Tosi Brooks and Laphone Booth. Legendary musician Eugene Grey is featured on lead guitar on Beat Down Zion’s Door. Tick Off was recorded and mixed at 4-M Studios. Design is by Nicholas Blackford.

Tick Off is being distributed worldwide by Zojak World Wide Marketing, and is available on all digital platforms. A limited number of CDs will be available from 4-M International Productions. It is now available on all digital platforms.

The official launch of Tick Off is scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2020, at JEPA’s Place, 7153 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale. The afternoon’s affair will start at 12 PM with a display of handcrafted African Merchandise by Art-Frica Creations.

Star musicians Sons of Mystro, award winning Jamaican dub poet Cherry Natural and other specially invited artists will make appearances via Zoom. Malachi, Hal Anthony, and others will appear in person. It is an invitation only event.

The album launch is part sponsored by Rascito, manufacturers of the exciting new herb infused spirit of the same name.

Live streaming on irietimes.com

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