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Kabaka and Damien give you ‘Red, Green and Gold’

RED, GREEN and Gold are three colors which means so much to so many including the Kabaka Pyramid and Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley

For both artists, it was worthy enough to unite their musical synergy to highlight the importance of colors in Rastafari tradition and Reggae music.

Last week’s Red, Gold and Green is full of the nuanced context often missing from the post.

This missing context is wrapped in pristine verse for which both artists are well known. Not only is Damian Marley featured, but he is also the producer of this single.

The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and the enduring survival of the pyramids of ancient Africa represents his longing for longevity in music and his deep connection to Kemetic roots; leaving messages for generations to come.

Kabaka is well known for songs like Warrior, Well Done, I can not breathewhich focused more vividly on the underprivileged who are often overlooked and ignored by society – and the powers that be, and reggae music which has taken on a life of its own.

His debut album, Kontraband, was critically acclaimed, featuring hits such as Kontraband with Damian Marley, Kaught Up with a popular music video that found its way onto BET and Reggae Music.

The result of the collaboration between Damian Marley and Kabaka, as evidenced by records like Kontraband, offers listeners the very best in lyrics, musicianship and melodies.

From the well-harmonized chorus, infectious reggae beat and insightful verses, this song is a continuation of the quality music for which Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock are famous.

“Red, gold and green are really the basis of the Ethiopian flag as a symbol of Rastafari around the world and what it really means from our perspective, those who live it, and what it means from convey that message through music,” says Kabaka.

While Kabaka talks about the musical aspect and the importance of maintaining tradition despite the changing times, Damian Marley completes it with an equally powerful verse on the lyrical level. Gong speaks poetically of the link between Ethiopia, Haile Selassie I and the Rastafari tradition with apparent ease.

While this dynamic duo has bonded on other tracks and productions, this one is special in its singular focus on one mission and one message.

It delivers a poignant and important message about authenticity and reminds us of the identity of tradition.

While the command is large and the writers’ aim high, this track delivers in its approach. He educates without confusing; he elaborates without meandering but the most commendable is that he does not spare the often missing links between cultures.

“As we wave the banner around the world, we bring the teachings and inspiration of Haile Selassie I to the masses, some who see the depths of Rastafari and others who see it simply as a style and strictly music” , Kabaka said.

“We want people to know that we take our tradition and heritage seriously and that these colors have a deeper meaning than just a colored mark.

“All are welcome to join the vibration but it’s also good to take some time to get to know the King and make sense of these divine colors”