Tiken Jah Fakoly, the Ivorian Reggae legend pays tribute to the Reggae Greats in his latest album “Racines”.
In his tenth solo album, Tiken does what he has never done before, that is, performing a collection of his favourite Reggae songs. All the songs in this album were great hits Tiken used to enjoy when he was a child. It is therefore a musical journey back to his childhood.
The album features 11 covers from Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Buju Banton, Junior Murvin, Junior Byles, Max Romeo (who guests on his own song), Ken Boothe and Tiken’s mentor Alpha Blondy.
While making enough efforts to ensure that the new versions of these Reggae classics are a true reflection of the original recordings, Tiken gives them an African touch by incorporating kora, n’goni, violon sokou and balafon.
Tiken travelled to Jamaica to discover the roots of Reggae and record part of “Racines” there along with many guest stars including U-Roy, Max Romeo, Jah9 and Ken Boothe.
Jamaica and Africa are eternally linked together by their music, history, and people, and “Racines” helps continue that link.
All Reggae lovers will fully enjoy this pleasurable and nostalgic album.
Watch Tiken Jah Fakoly’s “ Get Up, Stand Up” ft. U-Roy