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Kiddus I - Rockers: Graduation in Zion 1978-1980
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Kiddus I

Rockers: Graduation in Zion 1978-1980

Dub Store Records

Released: 11th September 2015 | 14 track roots reggae album

Comes with liner notes and Japanese obi strip. Available on CD and 2xLP.

Dub Store Records presents Kiddus I - Rockers: Graduation In Zion 1978-1980

Recordings by the legendary Roots singer Kiddus I, who appeared in the Rockers film, are released for the first time. Rockers: Graduation in Zion is the first release in a series of three albums that will bring to the public the majority of his existing recordings.

Kiddus I is the mysterious figure singing at the start of the film Rockers. A graduate of Ras Michael's Sons Of Negus, a key member of The Wailers milieu, and a Black Ark artist, his recordings - centred on the Roots Reggae period - are marked by the openness of their musical horizons, and a striking originality and integrity. (Also during this era he was a key voice raised in the Jamaican music industry against political oppression.)

Yet Kiddus I's disdain for careerism has held him back from the spotlight - as so many people in Jamaican music will tell you. Now, this revelatory, comprehensive retrospective will surely confirm his place amongst the all-time greats of Reggae music.

This compilation consists of every single recorded at Lee Perry's Black Ark between 1978 and 1980 and unreleased sound sources recorded at Tuff Gong. The best sessions of the most accomplished international Reggae musicians are unveiled for the first time in twenty years.

PRODUCED by: F. Dowding. ARRANGED by: F. Dowding. RECORDED at: Black Ark, Tuff Gong, Harry JStudio, Sound Dragon NY. MIXED by: Lee Perry, Dennis Thompson & Chow Chow, Stephen Stewart. ENGINEER: Lee Perry, Dennis Thompson, Mervin Morris, D. Lee. OVERDUBBED at: Aquarius Studio.

MUSICIANS: DRUMS: Carlton 'Santa' Davis, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace, Cornell Marshall, Oral Fabian. BASS: Robert Shakespeare , Micheal Williams, Haile Maskil, Leebert 'Gibbi' Morison, Paul Blake. GUITAR: Earl China Smith, Dwight Pickney, X Sweeney, Ernest Wilson. SAX: Glen Da'Costa, Cedric 'Im' Brooks. TRUMPET: Mike Hamson. PIANO: Tyrone Downie, Newton Brenor. KEYBOARDS: Leslie Butler , Earl Wire Lindo , Harvey Bernard Touter, Winston Wright, Belly Lloyd, Little D. CLAVINET: Tyrone Downie. HARMONICA: Jimmy Beeker. PERCUSSIONS: Kiddus I, I Jack. BACKING VOCALS: Kiddus I, Congos,Tyrone Downie.