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The Gladiators

Something A Gwaan!   RAS 3265

The Gladiators


Release date: August 28, 2001


Albert Griffiths has always lived in the hills of St. Elizabeth where he was born and where one feels the vibrations of deep Jamaica, far from the tumult and chaos of Kingston. And this type of warm and sincere mood— backed by the energy that they have developed on stage—is what one rediscovers on their latest CD SOMETHING A GWAAN! (translation of "something is going on" in Jamaican patois). Recorded largely at Marley’s Tuff Gong Studios last year and released in Europe by XIII BIS Records, this is the debut North American appearance of the purest, most crystalline roots album in many moons.

From the timely and politically-tinged tracks "Trouble" and "Something A Gwaan!" to the timeless soul and romance of "Hug Me Up" and "Slim Thing," Griffiths’s songwriting, singing, and arranging are in peak form on SOMETHING A GWAAN! In an age of digital programming and music by push-button, Griffiths displays the organic chops, full brass, and original perspective that make him the "Reggae Genius." By turns rollicking and reflective, proud and profound, SOMETHING A GWAAN! delivers on the liberating promise of Roots Rock Reggae.

Track Listing:

01 Trouble
02 Something A Gwann
03 Slim Thing
04 Hug Me Up
05 Sick And Tired
06 Hold Me Jah
07 The Bull
08 Follow You
09 Reggae Genius
10 Head To My Toe



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