Mutabaruka - Life Squared

Today marks the U.S. release MUTABARUKA's new album "LIFE SQUARED" on Heartbeat Records.   This album represents a development in Muta's viewpoint since the release of his last album seven years ago.  Life Squared speaks to issues that relate to the 'Mother Divine', and the female perspective. 

On the poem 'Spirituality', Mutabaruka uses a speech from Haile Selassie to distinguish between religion and spirituality. Muta speaks of the plight of Jamiacans under the IMF and World Bank on the song 'Life And Debt', the title track of the highly acclaimed Stephanie Black documentary. 
Life Squared also includes both a ska and mento remix of the Dave Bartholomew poem "The Monkey", marking the first time Muta has recorded another's works.  On 'The Confusion Today' Muta borrows the rhythm from Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' to ask 'Wha A Gwan'?
A web page for LIFE SQUARED has been added to the Mutabaruka web site at: Here you will find track lists, lyrics, liner notes, reviews and an interview with Mutabaruka in which he discusses some of the songs on this album.
"Dem Lie" is the recently released Mutamba single in which Muta asseses the upcoming elections. Done over Afroman's "Because I Got High" rhythm, "Dem Lie" is currently #4 in the New York charts.  Mutabaruka will be performing at the 9th Annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival June 21-23, 2002. 

Daniel (RAW#495)
Forward Ever!!!

Posted: Sat - April 12, 2003 at 03:07 PM