I am so late. In 2015, my favorite family reggae band, Morgan Heritage, released “Strictly Roots”, for which they were nominated for and subsequently won a Grammy for in 2016, the following year. This project is award worthy for many reasons.
Let me first offer the disclaimer that I know and love the only female member of the group, Una Morgan. She is my uncle’s wife, my cousins’ mother and my friend. Plus, I happen to genuinely enjoy the music she and her four brothers (who are all from my hometown) in the band have made and continue to make.
True to the roots of the band, their “Strictly Roots” album showcases the consciousness and musicianship we have grown to know and love from Morgan Heritage. The consciousness in me is drawn to the tracks, “Strictly Roots”, “Child of Jah” and “Rise and Fall”.
The party girl in me loves the mass appeal of the songs, “Sunday Morning” and “Celebrate Life”, both tributes to enjoying your best life and living in the luxury of the moment.
The group is able to bring together lyrics and music that authentically represents all aspects of who they are from the spiritual to the social. They even touch on the touchy topic of relationships from time to time as in their songs, “Wanna Be Loved” and
“Put it On Me”.
Features from Jo Mersa Marley, Shaggy and more contribute the album’s grooves and moves. “Keep on Jammin”, featuring Shaggy pays tribute to the late great Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give it Up” with the same feel good vibes that send young and old to the dance floors of every gathering. All in all the project delivers an upbeat, yet still socially conscious, aura which can be played from beginning to end in all environments.
You can hear the entire album at http://www.morganheritagemusic.com/ where you can purchase past and current music and view their touring schedule. I am hoping to see them in their homeland of Jamaica during the December holidays.
The band is set to release a new album entitled “#Avrakedabra ” soon…