I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge in the reggae department is pretty limited. I mean, I know more than some frat dude who thinks Bob Marley is the be-all and end-all, but I am certainly no connoisseur of the genre.
That being said, I do know a few of the more obscure artists from older friends turning me on to them — Dadawah (Ras Michael) is one of those artists.
This song is no way near your typical, everyday reggae fare (i.e. Bob Marley). In fact, I’m almost inclined slap a psych label on this tune as well, given its meandering guitar line and laid back, reverb-laden vocals.
Michael George Henry (born 1943), better known as Ras Michael, is a Jamaican reggae singer and Nyabinghi specialist. He also performs under the name of Dadawah.
Henry was born in St. Mary, where he was raised in a Rastafari community. As a teenager he moved to Kingston’s Waterhouse district where he played with local Rastafari musicians. He set up the Zion Disc label in the mid-1960s, and also worked at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One as a session musician and released a number of singles. He was the first member of the Rastafari movement to have a reggae radio program in Jamaica (The Lion of Judah Time program first aired in 1967 on the JBC)…[read more]