A personal favourite of Morgan’s on the album sees the return of India Arie, reuniting with Gramps on “Want Fi Charge Wi” a song whose distinct sound is inspired by African rhythms as is “I Hear You Calling”, an ode to Africa. Meanwhile new creative partnerships were also forged on this project, one such collaboration was with renowned duo, Stanley “Rellee” Hayden and Alberto “AL” Cruz also known as the A-Team (Jay Z, Mary J. Blige, Sean ‘P-Diddy’ Combs, The Notorious B.I.G., KRS 1, Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lauryn Hill, Deborah Cox, etc…) on the song called DREAM.
One of the most promising tracks on the album, DREAM, is as inspiring as it is universal, in message and in sound. When Gramps sings “…celebrate wherever you are, keep on striving for your dream, just lift your head high, let your spirit fly, dream away…” one is reminded to persevere; the song offers hope and is that motivator everyone needs.
Another first, and what Gramps describes as “a dream” was working with the legendary, Clive Hunt (The Rollings Stones, Maxi Priest, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Beres Hammond). Hunt produced three of the thirteen songs on Reggae Music Lives including the title track, which is an unapologetic declaration of the state of Reggae music; and on two love songs that will create their own ‘baby boom’ “Find Myself Thinking” and “I Know It’s Love”. Gramps Morgan fans get a different side of Gramps on “Could Dj (Dem Neva Know)” here the singer switches to a toasting style delivery over a phat beat infused with elements of rap, blues, and some rock riffs.
Like his first album 2 Sides of My Heart Vol. 1 Gramps has again assembled an incredible pool of talent from the novice to the accomplished musicians and producers alike, including his seventeen year old son Jemere Morgan, Jason ‘J-Vibe’ Farmer, Llamar “Riff Raff” Brown, Delroy “Delly” Foster and Kemar “Flava” McGregor.
The songs on Reggae Music Lives are well rounded and crafted with diverse themes from romantic and universal love; to global consciousness and justice, to living in the moment and being grateful. Reggae Music Lives is mature and contemporary, it’s the kind of music that can rock on any gadget at work, home or at play.
Reggae Music Lives is about the preservation of art, music and culture and Gramps wants the world to know that “Reggae music is here to stay.”