Amsterdam based reggae production house and sound system Black Star traveled to Jamaica for the release of their latest album. Black Star producer Asher-E came along, his very first visit to Jamaica! The collection offers 20 takes on Asher-E’s beloved Babylon Burning riddim. The release party took place at the legendary Sugar Minott studio in Kingston.
The release party was hosted in Kingston (Jamaica), at Sugar Minott’s Youthman Promotion Studios on the evening of Friday the 31st of January 2020. The album’s producer and melodica performer Asher-E, alongside many of the album’s artists, attended the party to perform their personal versions on stage. The line-up included the likes of King Kong, Prince Allah, Jah Thunder, Blae Minott (son of Sugar Minott), Tampanae, The Itesologist and Colah Colah.
Watch the compilation movie of the release party here: Babylon Burning Releaseparty
During the month of February (Reggae Month) music videos were released at a pace of 3 a week. These brand new videos contain lyrics and animated footage of the performing artists.
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The foundation of the Babylon Burning riddim was laid some 30 years ago by Dutch reggae producer Asher-E and it became the origin of the fruitful cooperation between Black Star and Asher-E. Over the years many artists have interpreted the riddim in their own particular styles, yet only five iterations have appeared on albums before. These previously released versions have all been revisited, remixed and remastered and are incorporated on the new release, alongside fifteen never before heard tracks, so the collection offers 20 takes for the year 2020!
The international appeal of reggae music is again confirmed on this release with vocalists from Japan, the United Kingdom, the Virgin Islands, the Netherlands, Trinidad and Tobago, Ghana and of course Jamaica. Out of many, one riddim…
1. Elect Of Himself - Mark Wonder
2. Kings Highway - Marlon Asher
3. Without Jah Love - Amanda Vibez
4. It’s Blazing - Prince Alla
5. Pure And Clean - King Kong
6. Bright Lights - Tampanae
7. Live Di Life - Jah Thunder
8. Babylon Burning - Leah Rosier *
9. Blazing (melodica version) - Asher-E
10. Try We A Try - CJ Joe
11. No Doubt - Kazam Davis
12. Wrong Name - Blae Minott
13. So Much Trouble - Lady K-Wida *
14. Slave Master – Osagyefo ft. Tuff Lion *
15. There Is No Justice - Colah Colah
16. Spend My Money - Exile Di Brave ft. Taxi Red Ash *
17. All My Life - Vivian Jones *
18. Show Love - The Itesologist
19. Fire Dub - Asher-E
20. Babylon Dubbin’ - Asher-E
* (previously released)