NEW RELEASES – Black Redemption – Judah Eskender Tafari

soon come from the Black Redemption label… a special project long time in the making…
 
in loving memory of Judah Eskender Tafari,
may his music and message inspire the people forever on!
 
PREORDER HERE
 
VINYL ONLY !!!
 
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Judah Eskender Tafari – DIVINE RIGHT
 
A1 – Divine Right
A2 – Divine Right Dub
(prod. by Russ Disciples – R. Bell Brown – previously unreleased)
 
A3 – Land Of Confusion
A4 – Land Of Dub
(prod. by Jonah Dan – vocal originally released on a different riddim on BR1010 – 2007)
 
B1 – Peace
B2 – Peace In Dub
(prod. by Mighty Massa – M. Nagai – vocal originally released on a different riddim on DMU-001 – 2012)
 
B3 – Jah Love
B4 – Jah Love Dub
(prod. by Mighty Massa – M. Nagai – vocal originally released on a different riddim on BR1037 – 2013)
 
BLACK REDEMPTION
all lyrics and vox by R. Merrills aka Judah Eskender Tafari
executive producer Ras Kush
distributed by Lion’s Den
artwork by ohoroho
mastered by Star Delta Mastering
All rights reserved. © + ℗ 2020 Kush Art Pub
 

 
 
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Judah Eskender Tafari – LIFE
 
A1 – Life
A2 – Dub Life Part III
(prod. by King Earthquake – E. Ramsey – vocal originally released on a different riddim on BR1010 – 2007)
 
A3 – Government Man
A4 – Government Dub Part I
(prod. by King Earthquake – E. Ramsey – vocal originally released on a different riddim on BR1016 – 2010)
 
B1 – Rastafari Tell You
B2 – Dub Tell You
(prod. by Word Sound & Power – Robert Tribulation – rerecorded J.E.T. classic on a new riddim)
 
B3 – Jah Army
B4 – Jah Army Version
(prod. by Word Sound & Power – Robert Tribulation – previously unreleased)
 
BLACK REDEMPTION
all lyrics and vox by R. Merrills aka Judah Eskender Tafari
executive producer Ras Kush
distributed by Lion’s Den
artwork by ohoroho
mastered by Star Delta Mastering
All rights reserved. © + ℗ 2020 Kush Art Pub
 

 
 
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JUDAH ESKENDER TAFARI
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Ronald Merrills, otherwise known as Judah Eskender Tafari, will always be remembered for his captivating melodic voice and as a member and one of its’ top vocalists of the orthodox faith, The Twelve Tribes of Israel.
As a youth growing up in Jamaica, he enjoyed listening to music by artists like Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe, Bob Marley, John Holt, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross, and Stevie Wonder, to name a few, and slowly started to learn playing the guitar. Driven by his musical craft, he soon sang harmony and background vocals with a group called Captive Lions. His first studio work from the late 70s included a number of singles for the legendary Studio One. Later on, he teamed up with one of Jamaica’s leading reggae bands of that era called the Generation Gap Band and played rhythm and bass guitar as well as vocals. In the 90s and early 2000s he was mostly working with Gussie P and the Sip A Cup label, whereas the late 2000s saw a number of releases with Ras Kush and Black Redemption. In recent years his works can be found on a vast number of labels from all over the world, including many of the top producers of our time.
His music delivers a positive message of faith and hope and will never loose its relevance.

 
there is two great in-depth interviews over on reggae-vibes (one from 1993 and one from 2004):
 
https://www.reggae-vibes.com/articles/2020/06/judah-eskender-tafari-interview/
https://www.reggae-vibes.com/articles/interview/2018/02/judah-eskender-tafari-interview-part-1/
https://www.reggae-vibes.com/articles/interview/2018/02/judah-eskender-tafari-interview-part-2/
 
 
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a special document of time and testimony to a unique energy they shared on the journey… Ras Kush – Black Redemption Sound longside Judah Eskender Tafari at the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, California, 2010… a tuff 3h session recording…
when Wellette Seyon’s ‘Anywhere I Go’ and Judah’s ‘Divine Right’ were just freshly recorded and played for the first time…
 

Part 1 | Part 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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to shed more light on the works of the great Judah Eskender Tafari and the journey he shared with Ras Kush and Black Redemption, I reached out to Kush for a little interview… tune in and find out more about how they met in New York and started to work together – in the studio and in session -, as well as some background stories to some of their releases and some insights to their spiritual connection and inspiration…
 

Interview