Video premiere from Jamaican legend Ken Boothe

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You’d be hard pressed to find a more authentic Jamaican soul man than Ken Boothe, most famous for his U.K. number one “Everything I Own,” but the originator of countless foundation reggae classics and essential R&B cover versions that threaten to outshine the originals (“Is It Because I’m Black,” “Nature Planned It“).  Originally penned by Boothe in 1968 for his album Mr Rocksteady, this new version of “Let the Water Run Dry” takes a less-is-more approach via the stripped back, acoustic sound of the Inna De Yard All-Stars band and the gorgeous vocal harmonies of the Viceroys.

The song is one part of the larger Soul of Jamaica project, which took place over a four-day mammoth session in August, 2016, at Kiddus I’s terrace house and studio in the hills of Kingston. Brimming with the original essence of Jamaica’s musical culture, the full cast list includes, in addition to Ken Boothe, Cedric Myton from The Congos, Lloyd Parks, Derajah, Var, Kiddus I, Steve Newland, the Viceroys, Kush McAnuff, Winston McAnuff and the Inna De Yard musical stalwarts Robbie Lyn on piano and Winston “BoPee” Bowen on guitar.

The days spent recording were filmed by the photographer and director Bernard Benant with a short film document soon to be released.

The group will play exclusively at the Philharmonie de Paris on April 22.

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  1. This is excellent! Thanks for turning me on to Inna de Yard, they have some very well made Reggae videos on their channel.

    Joe — Funkish

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