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Declaration Of Rights Riddim EP

by Various Artists

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Versioning classic riddims has been part of reggae tradition for a long long time and is something I’ve enjoyed doing as well as creating original material. Declaration Of Rights by The Abyssinians was produced at Studio One around 45 years ago and went on to become one of those riddims versioned many times by different producers. Roots to the core, it was one I wanted to cover so in 2000 I built it in a one drop style, keeping the organ lick and fleshing it out with guitar from Hughie Izachaar as well as maintaining the African feel with percussion from Jonah Dan.
The first artist to voice the riddim was Anthony “Gunshot” Johnson who was introduced to me by Hughie. Anthony first made his name as a member of Mystic Eyes who had a string of hits for Linval Thompson in the late 1970’s including the epic “Perilous Times” and “Down In The Ghetto”. They also recorded the mystical “Forward With The Orthodox” for Lee Perry though the record was credited to The Mystic when it was released. Anthony later went on to develop a solo career in Jamaica working for producers like Linval Thompson and Jah Thomas for whom his biggest hit “Gunshot” was recorded.
When he reached the studio that day and heard the riddim, he chose to re do a song called Africa he’d previously recorded on a different riddim for Linval Thompson. With lyrics talking about rasta repatriation to the motherland, it fitted perfectly and Anthony turned in a superb performance with some soaring notes right at the end.
The second cut to be voiced featured the then young singer Danny Vibes, now known as Dan Bowskill. I’d met Danny a number of times when he used to pass by Conscious Sounds with fellow singer Jobe. Danny was only about 17 then but he had a powerful voice and had worked with a number of producers including Chris Jay of Dubwise Productions, Russ Disciples & Robert Tribulation. We discussed the idea of doing a tune together and eventually arranged a session where he voiced his cut called Now Is The Time.
The final cut was in a DJ style featuring Afrikan Simba who I’d already been working with for a couple of years. Simba could always be relied upon to turn in a good performance with powerful lyrics and his version called Sinner was no exception.
The voicing took place on different days over a period of time and when everything was finished we spent a day at Conscious Sounds working on the mixes, with Dougie mixing some particularly wicked dubs.
The tunes came out on 3 different 7 inch on Jah Warrior label in September 2000. The only one still available on vinyl is the Danny Vibes cut and copies are very limited so if anyone wants one then link me for it. All the cuts are available as a 6 track riddim EP from Bandcamp where you can find the 3 vocals and all 3 dubs.

Originally released as 3 different 7 inch singles. Produced by Jah Warrior in 2000 at Conscious Sounds in London. Versions of the classic Declaration Of Rights riddim with vocals from Anythony Johnson, Danny Vibes and Afrikan Simba along with 3 different dubs.


released November 20, 2013

Drums: A Millgate
Guitar: Hughie Izachaar
Percussion: Jonah Dan
Bass, Piano, Organ: Steve Mosco


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Jah Warrior Records was founded in 1995 by producer and musician Steve Mosco. From day one the style was always roots reggae and dub. Influenced by Jamaican greats like King Tubby, Lee Perry & Augustus Pablo plus sound systems like Jah Shaka, Jah Warrior fuses vintage Jamaican Roots with today's UK Roots style which has influenced and attracted a massive audience worldwide. Tune in and enjoy! ... more

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