I am always looking for new interpretations of reggae from places other than Jamaica. As long as I’ve been a reggae DJ, I have been disappointed in most of the reggae coming out of Brazil. The riddims are just not quite as hard to my ears as the ones I was raised on coming out of Kingston.
However, I recently discovered a new label called Dub And Rock. One of their recent singles is called Benevolence by two singers from Brazil named Apoena Ferreira and Jocilaine Oliveira along with Kin Riddimz.
I have to say this song has really got me hooked! I can tell by the amount of times I have been playing it over and over again in the car and in the studio! I listen to hundreds of new songs every week and I pay attention when things hook me. The sweet melodies and harmonies of Benevolence are just so beautiful and I love how they combine their voices into one rhythmic journey over the track. I also love all the jazzy guitar work and picklines on this song. Of course, one of the best things I love about reggae is the message:
n. An inclination to perform kind, charitable acts.
“Que Jah nos fortifique mais pra termos paciência!”
translated into English:
May Jah fortify us more to have patience!
After all we’ve been through with Covid-19, no doubt we have been learning a lot about how to be more patient and be thankful for all the good we have in our lives. I love their song for these reasons and I hope you enjoy this one too. Please leave a comment if you have any thoughts to share.
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