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Morgan Heritage

Sept. 14
8 p.m.
$20
Reggae

These five (of 29!) children of Jamaican-born, New York-based reggae singer Denroy Morgan have had a prolific, two-decade career, playing an eclectic stew of contemporary reggae. The group has a righteous core of roots riddims, often blending with dancehall, pop, R&B, and hip-hop. This spring the band released their latest, Avrakedabra, a characteristically far-reaching affair peppered with guests: Ziggy and Stephen Marley show up on the straight-ahead reggae workout “One Family,” and Bunny Ruggs appropriately checks in on another classic-sounding foray, “Tribute to Ruggs.” “Selah” is a relatively hardcore, African-tinged, culturally astute tune, while “Pineapple Wine” has hints of calypso but is mostly blatant country-pop. “Dream Girl” is mainly pop confection, and the future-gazing “We Are” features Kabaka Pyramid and Dre Island lacing verses over rapier reggae and warped synths. As is often the case, Morgan Heritage are striving to cover all things reggae and generally succeeding. 


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