BUZz: Taj Weekes presents new album Rain...Rain

Friday, July 30, 2010

Jatta Records presents Taj Weekes and Adowa's ground breaking third album, A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen, set for worldwide release on August 10, 2010. Their debut single, Rain Rain, ushers in a deluge of fresh reggae songs laced with acoustic strings including guitar, violin and cello with splashes of soulful harmonica and a touch of afro-folk simplicity for an album that will challenge listeners to redefine common perceptions of reggae and where it's heading as a genre.

Originally prompted by the circumstances created by Hurricane Katrina, Rain Rain laments the delayed and often ineffectual action following the devastating events experienced by residents of Louisiana and neighboring states in August 2005. Weekes vocalizes, "When the Rain Rain washed away / caring went away / now love’s gone dry beneath a saturated sky." Weekes adds, "It seems appropriate that the song is ready for release just as the five-year anniversary of the disaster is commemorated."

However, Weekes continues, "Though Rain Rain references Katrina, the message goes above and beyond the isolated story of a flood and brings to mind the continuous downpour of human suffering and natural disasters the world over and how quickly we forget." He sings, "The newsreels are all soaked / the day the levees broke / since no one's speaking / the roof's still leaking. Now love's down to a drizzle / memories how they fizzle / amnesia's in they've forgotten."
 
Rain Rain continues in the classic roots reggae tradition of singer as town crier or in more modern terms, as news commentator on world events. But as sobering as the message may be in recalling images of many of the world's recent tragic events....from hurricanes to tsunami to floods...one cannot help but find a ray of sunshine and hope in this song with its easy flowing rhythm, bluesy harmonica accents and Weekes' trademark raspy edged voice harmonizing with the smooth female backing vocals.

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