Friday, January 22, 2016
Day 83 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus - Keep Cool Babylon
Ras Michael, born Michael George Henry, a lifetime follower of Rastafari and best known for his traditional Nyabinghi drumming and chanting, started off in the mid-60s working as a session musician for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. In 1974 he and the Sons of Negus started recording albums incorporating the timeless hand drumming combined with modern electric instruments and their first release was called simple Nyabinghi. Today's track called "Keep Cool Babylon" is taken from that album and it is strictly traditional - drumming, flute and chanting and it is glorious.