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'Burning Inspiration'   

-  Label: 'Sugar Shack Records'
-  Genre: 'Reggae' -  Release Date: '25th August 2017'

Our Rating:
Reggae songs about vampires are relatively thin on the ground but, aside from the novelty of Vampire Slayer, track titles like Natty In London and Fight For Your Rights illustrate that the subject matter on this debut album is otherwise fairly conventional.

The brothers Ajani and Gyasi formed Royal Sounds in London in 2012 with their cousin Hannibal with the laudable aim of spreading a message of unity and positivity through the medium of modern roots reggae.

In doing so, they are following in a family tradition since their father Ras Alkebu was lead guitarist for Prince Lincoln & The Royal Rasses.

Unsurprisingly, Babylon, Rastafari and Jah figure high on the check list of reference points in songs that remind us of the evils of oppression and manipulation while singing of the quest for redemption.

There's nothing wrong with any of these messages of course but a few more contemporary details would help establish their continuing significance for the 21st century.

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  author: Martin Raybould

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ROYAL SOUNDS - Burning Inspiration