Ghetto Priest

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Ev­ery Man For Ev­ery Man

RAMROCK.

CD/DL/LP

Adrian Sher­wood-pro­duced LP for Jo Wal­lace’s Rams­gate-based Ramrock Records. A former foot­ball hooli­gan, who found Rasta­far­i­an­ism in prison, on his re­lease Ghetto Priest used reg­gae as a force for so­cial change, first as a mem­ber of the On U Sound col­lec­tive and then with Asian Dub Foun­da­tion. Ev­ery Man For Ev­ery Man, recorded in Lon­don’s Red Bull Stu­dios and Liv­ing­stone Stu­dios, with a band fea­tur­ing former Aswad bassist Ge­orge Oban, Roots Radics and Dub Syn­di­cate drum­mer Style Scott, key­boardist Carl­ton ‘Bub­blers’ Ogilvie and gui­tarist Tony Phillips, con­tin­ues that good work. I Mur­der Hate is a com­pelling re-ver­sion­ing of Robert Burns poem of the same name; cov­ers of Peter Tosh’s Baby­lon Queen­dom and Judy Mowatt’s Black Woman are pas­sion­ate and po­tent; the ti­tle track, a mes­sage of equal­ity and unity and Good Lord, a ten­der hym­nal, reaf­firm his po­si­tion in the UK roots reg­gae van­guard.

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