he Reggae Vaccine album, released two weeks ago is presently in the number two position on the USA iTunes Reggae chart as it clamours for the number one spot to dethrone Alkaline’s 'Top Prize'.
Launched on June 4, the album is headlined by Julian Marley, the son of Reggae legend Bob Marley who has a romantic song “So High” created on an acoustic rhythm produced by Richard Roach. The melodic tune reminds us of the signature style of the younger Marley.
The Reggae Compilation project is the latest work of Contractor Music Marketing and features some of the biggest names in Reggae music with 12 tracks from Bounty Killer, Anthony B, Gyptian, Jah Vinci, Wayne Wonder, Shatta Wale from Ghana who has a remix with Grammy winner Ed Sheeran and Jethro Sheeran his cousin, Mojo Morgan from Morgan Heritage Wayne Wonder and others.
According to producer Sean ‘Contractor’ Edwards, the album is now available on all digital streaming platforms and has been one of the longest-performing albums since its release.
The album has peaked at number two on the USA Reggae albums iTunes chart, and number nine on the UK Reggae Albums iTunes chart.
It is also number two on Amazon Reggae charts and number two on Amazon’s bestseller chart, and according to Edwards, he’s hoping for the album to grab the top spot as reggae lovers gravitate to the music.
Edwards said the album is a soothing balm for reggae fans who are experiencing the effects of the pandemic.
“Reggae is known for the healing of people worldwide, and with this pandemic with the mental health issues, even normal people are having a hard time adjusting, we are providing a reggae vaccine for fans of the genre,” he said via a press release.
“You need music and when it comes to reggae music as you know Bob Marley has given us the healing music of the land and his sons have carried on the legacy of soulful reggae music as have some of the signature artists on the album so to have him on this album is a big deal."
Marley said he was pleased to be on the compilation project.
“It feels good to be headlining this album, it’s a great rhythm, so many great songs that [are on] the rhythm… we have to play more great music and keep our father’s legacy and work alive which you know is God’s work, you know, it’s all one mission. It’s all about keeping that message going every day,” he said.
According to Edwards, the Marleys have a natural ability to bring healing music to people especially in crises like the one the world currently faces. He also notes that Marley is also his friend and colleague after they met in London some years back and he became impressed by his vocal and instrumental talents.
“It’s certainly a strategic and logical move for Julian to headline the album, as the Marley name is the biggest brand name in Reggae Music and continues to be known as such in the world. Music from the Marley’s represents healing which is needed in these times of the pandemic,” he said.