California reggae band Rebelution could have performed without Kabaka Pyramid and the Bebble Rockers at a sold-out show at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado yesterday, but the musicians are still focused on bringing good vibes to the stage. Jamaican artists are absent for two weeks from the Good Vibes 2021 summer tour to adhere to COVID-19 protocols recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“This is our first tour since the pandemic; we hadn’t played together in over a year and a half, and we really missed playing (so) we can’t wait to get back to all of our old tour stops. Plus the fans are ready. We were honored to have Kabaka, as well as Keznamdi on the road with us, and it was fun playing with them live, ”said Eric Rachmany, leader and guitarist of Rebelution. The Sunday Gleaner.
In addition to Kabaka Pyramid and Keznamdi, the show’s lineup also included veteran reggae groups Inner Circle and Israel Vibration, which the Grammy-nominated group named as a major influence on their music.
“Don Carlos has a great influence on me personally,” he said. “We played with him a few times and even featured him on our song, Reggae Roots Music, on one of our previous albums, Count on me. Other legendary artists and bands like Israel Vibration, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Culture, Roots Radics, Mighty Diamonds are all big influences on our band.
The lead musician shares that as their music is continually interconnected with the reggae genre and the band is added to reggae festivals around the world, they have seen the importance of collaborating and promoting Jamaican artists who represent African heritage. and Rasta culture, as well as the island culture that gave birth to reggae music.
Rachmany explained, “It’s really important for us to promote Jamaican artists who represent the points I mentioned. I think for the most part American artists and bands do just that, but even though reggae music is loved and listened to around the world, it’s still a very small scene here. The point is, there are so many amazing talent in Jamaica, and the support we get from them has been amazing.
He further explains that as the genre gains popularity in the United States, there is a need for Jamaican-based artists to receive the exposure they deserve. “Every time we take a Jamaican artist with us on the road, the crowd goes crazy for them. As the genre becomes more popular here, we think more and more of these great artists need to be exhibited, and we want to contribute to that by inviting some to join us on the road and on our albums. The opportunity presents itself with more festivals than ever before, “he said.” My hope is that festivals that use the word reggae actually brings in Jamaican artists. The reggae-inspired music that many American musicians make cannot only represent the genre as a whole. Reggae is far too ingrained in other aspects that need to be highlighted. I think, for the most part, festival promoters and bookers are on the right track with this, but it needs to be continuously emphasized so that people understand the difference between reggae music played by Rebelution and the origin of it. e reggae music.
The group has toured with Protoje several times with them, and Raging Fyah was on their Winter Greens 2018 tour. Their tour colleagues Kabaka Pyramid and Keznamdi and dancehall veteran Busy Signal feature on their seventh studio album, In the moment, which was recorded and built remotely in the midst of the pandemic. The artists sought the expertise of director Yannick Reid and were also able to come together to shoot videos of their pieces, All or nothing with busy signal and Vision 2020 with the Kabaka Pyramid. “We didn’t know which songs people would like the most from this album, but we had the feeling All or nothing and Vision 2020 (which is a song about preparing for any negativity to come) would be up there. 2020 has been a difficult year with a lot of unforeseen events, [so] we are hoping for more tours in 2021 and maybe even another album in 2022, ”said Rachmany.
The album infusing the quartet’s moving and exhilarating brand of modern reggae with addicting pop hooks, alternative rock and hip-hop grooves is a joint venture between 87 Music and NYC Easy Star Records. It’s 15 pieces of conscious and varied lyrics that challenge perceptions and push listeners to live every day to the fullest, inviting fans to sit back, slow down, and live – as the name suggests – in the moment.
Rachmany shared: “I never felt that Rebelution’s music was very similar to anything else in the reggae genre, and from the start I never felt comfortable singing or writing lyrics about something other than my personal experience and my surroundings, but I know I write a lot of lyrics about personal empowerment because of reggae music that has influenced me. ‘It will be the same for the listeners.
Other notable avenues are Old school feeling recorded to a traditional reggae beat akin to a beat that features the 1981 Mighty Diamonds single Pass it Kouchie but slower, and heavy rock Simply captivating, which, according to Rachmany, had been in the works for several years and was very difficult to write and record.
“It’s a dream come true for us to record with artists we respect. The genre is so diverse that it is difficult to determine what qualifies as reggae music. When people say Rebelution is reggae, I honor that, but I totally respect when people say it’s not reggae music. We have our own sound which incorporates many other genres of music. Reggae needs more recognition for the awareness and the positive message, but also because it’s just good music that needs to be heard, ”said Rachmany.
Washington and Montana will see Rebelution perform this week at the Spokane Pavilion and the KettleHouse Amphitheater, respectively, and then in Oregon for the weekend that Kabaka Pyramid is scheduled to return on stage with them on Sunday, August 29, at the Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville. The Good Vibes summer tour, which kicked off August 5 in Fresno, Calif., Will continue through September and October, with concerts scheduled in Las Vegas, Florida, Texas and New York.