The reggae singer and songwriter known as Judah Eskender Tafari has released his most recent collection of original songs in an extended play record, titled, “Judah’s Gift: Upliftment.” The record is comprised of five new tracks for a combined total of approximately 21 minutes' worth of excellent and inspirational reggae music.
The record is a fine work of Jamaican tradition in the modern reggae style. Much like Tafari's earlier work, it is also a musical “gift” from the artist to his audience in the sense that it is written as a letter of encouragement and inner wisdom intended to bring light, warmth, strength, and simple happiness to anyone who hears its lyrics.
Of the themes in his new record, Tafari himself writes, “The message of my music is that it transmits the awareness that love is the light of the world.”
This is meant not only in the sense of Jah's love, but also the love of one another, as described in his song, “Personal Experience,” in which he sings, “Every woman needs a man, every man needs a woman.”
The love of Jah is expounded in the song of praise, “The Builder.”
Judah Eskender Tafari writes of his spiritual perspective, “The sense of God consciousness within creation is not to be taken for granted. Let us keep in mind that there is a Creator, and not just ourselves in this universe.”
Additionally, Tafari wishes that these ideas not be tinged one way or another by a listener's opinion of him, himself. “Don’t judge the messenger of the words,” he says, “but try to understand, and to live your life in complete fullness.”
Tafari names his musical inspirations quickly and easily: “The creative works of Delroy Wilson, Ken Booth, Bob Marley, John Holt, Burning Spear, Dennis Brown, Smokey Robinson, Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder. All these have influenced my musical creative style.”
Indeed, qualities of each of these artists can clearly be heard in “Judah's Gift: Upliftment.” There is Stevie Wonder in the keyboards, Luther Vandross in Tafari's vocals, Marley, the Spear... But most of all there is Judah Eskender Tafari, himself, and his EP is a work that deserves great attention from the reggae and Rasta commmunities.
“Judah's Gift: Upliftment” by Judah Eskender Tafari is available online worldwide beginning spring of 2013.
Staff Press Release Writer
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