"Nyabinghi Christmas” is the latest body of work from the legendary saxophonist Dean Fraser.
The album is set to be officially released on November 20, with Fraser teaming up with Tad Dawkins Jr. of Tads Records, to deliver 16 Christmas songs, driven by traditional Rastafarian rhythms.
With this new album, Fraser will treat music lovers in different parts of the world to amazing sounds as the yuletide season draws near.
“Nyabinghi is Jamaican music, an' I want to bring a new instrumentation to these songs. Wi keep it musical but with a different vibe,” Fraser said during a recent interview.
The story of reggae music will be incomplete without the mention of Fraser.
Known for his mastery of the saxophone, the Kingston-born multitalented musician has contributed to tons of reggae recordings since the mid-70s.
He is looking to continue in the trend in his latest project as he delivers true Rastafarian music to lovers of reggae across the globe.
Some songs on the project that have gotten the 'binghi' treatment include 'When a Child is Born', 'Christmas A Cum (Mi Waa Mi Llama)', 'Long Time Ago', 'Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree', 'Merry Christmas', and 'Feliz Navidad'.
Other songs on the album are 'Little Donkey', 'Virgin Mary', 'First Noel', 'Angels We Have Heard on High', 'What Child Is This', 'I See Joyful Silence', 'We Three Kings', and 'Drumma Boy'.
Fraser worked on the project with the likes of percussionists Congo Billy, Hector Lewis and the late great Denver “Feluke” Smith adding the authentic Nyabinghi feel to the album.
Other acts that featured on different songs on the album include bassist Mikey Fletcher, guitarists Dario Morgan and Lamont Savory, keyboardist Andrew Marsh, and flutist Zoe Mcintyre.
“Nyabinghi Christmas” will be released digitally and on physical CD on November 20, 2020.
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