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Mutabaruka / Life Squared
Album:Life Squared Collection:Reggae
Artist:Mutabaruka Added:Jun 2002

A-File Activity
Add Date:2002-08-12 Pull Date:2002-10-14 Charts:Reggae/World
Week Ending:Oct 6Sep 29Sep 8

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 06, 2020:Everything (last hour edited for best of show 6-15-20)
Dem Seh
4.Jul 08, 2007:Transmission Overload
Confusion Today
2.Dec 20, 2018:Hanging in the bone yard
One People
5.Jun 10, 2005:No Cover, No Minimum - Part 1
Time We Realize
3.Nov 17, 2018:audio ambrosia
One People
6.Mar 04, 2004:forty degrees
One People

Album Review
Reviewed 2002-08-06 
MUTABARUKA – Life Squared
HeartBeat, 2002

REGGAE / SPOKEN WORD – Mutabaruka may be reggae’s poet laureate. His words relentlessly push black consciousness and pan-Africanism, cutting to the heart in a way few others have ever been able to match (only Linton Kwesi Johnson comes to mind). As soon as that instantly-identifiable voice starts talking, you know it’s time to shut up and listen. Surprisingly, this is his first full-length album of new material in eight years. In it, he attacks oppression, religious hypocrisy, international economics and much more. The dub-roots backing tracks are uneven (several are downright weak), but it’s all about the words anyway.

RECOMMENDED TRACKS: 13, also 3, 4, 10, 12, 14

02. up/med tempo, good rockin’ rhythm
03. great ska cover: men vs monkeys
04. dub rhythm, self-determination lyric
05. economics lesson w/ska-dub track
06. gimmicky “What’s Goin’ On” update
08. laid-back roots + positive philosophy
09. spoken word tribute to a lost friend
10. an essay on religion, nice backing
12. in praise of women, w/religious overtones
13. slammin’ horn/piano track, strong lyric
14. slow jazz track, poem about a poem
15. mostly acoustic track, about a dream
16. stripped-down, mixable version of track 3
18. long remix of Mutabaruka’s masterpiece

[Fo] - 8/6/02

Track Listing
1.Dem Seh 10.Spirituality
2.War a Gwaan Dung Deh 11.Muta Seh
3.The Monkey 12.Mother Divine
4.Time We Realize 13.One People
5.Life and Debt 14.I Write a Poem
6.Confusion Today 15.Dream Girl
7.Muta Seh 16.The Monkey (Mento Mix)
8.I Truly Believe 17.Muta Seh
9.Pele 18.Dis Poem (Remix)