Generation Gap Riddim
Red A Red Music Group & Maroon Productions present an exciting rebirth of a foundation riddim: The Generation Gap.
This era-spanning project features some of Jamaica’s greatest musicians, with vocal cuts by veterans Mutabaruka and Lutan Fyah as well as emerging talents Imeru Tafari and Autarchii.
Co-produced by Jermaine Joseph, Linton Hinds Jr, and Donovan Joseph, the Generation Gap Riddim takes the listener back in time and provides a clear look at the future.
The riddim is an up-tempo reimagining of the 1983 classic, 2000 Years, originally recorded by the harmony group Time Unlimited.
True to the Generation Gap concept, two of the co-producers are father and son. Original Time Unlimited lead singer Donovan Joseph hands the mantle to his son Jermaine ‘Autarchii’ Joseph, who reinterprets his father’s 2000 Years on the riddim.
Further continuity is added by the presence of legendary guitarist Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith whose High Times Band played the original cut.
Pioneering Dub Poet, Mutabaruka contributes I Am, a typically cogent and provocative summary of what it means to be Rasta, one of his first solo releases in a long time.
Spanish Town singjay and lyricist Lutan Fyah’s Trouble is a warning against eroding freedoms of choice and movement in the pandemic era.
The son of Queen Ifrica, Imeru Tafari lends his yearning, calling voice to Rastafari Student, demonstrating the family aptitude for both melody and lyrics.
The hypnotic arrangement is played by a roll call of top musicians. These include Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith on guitar, Dean Fraser on sax, Keith Francis on bass, Larry McDonald & Jeremiah McFarlane on percussion, and Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace on drums.
The music is mixed by six-time Grammy award-winning engineer James “Bonzai” Caruso, with the dub version featuring the vocals of Autarchii, mixed by Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith’s son Earl Junior.
The Generation Gap Riddim is available on all digital download and streaming platforms.
Mutabaruka – I Am
Autarchii – 2000 Years
Lutan Fyah – Trouble
Imeru Tafari – Rastafari Student