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African Reggae – Tiken Jah Fakoly

Tiken Jah Fakoly Born Doumbia Moussa Fakoly (1968) into a family of musicians, Fakoly grow up in the northern part of the Ivory Coast. He formed his first group in 1987. Fakoly wrote songs that documented events of his times and the oppression of his people.

His music and reputation spread across the nation and even beyond its borders, particularly to the French audiences. In 1998 Fakoly performed in Paris, his first international venture.

His later recordings such as Françafrique (2002) and Coup de Gueule (2004), have become best-sellers in France. Fakoly racked up an impressive 100,000 records sold to French audiences, making him Africa’s best-selling reggae artist.

Just Another Cover Story – Massive Attack, Blondie, ect.

”The hunter gets captured by the game” is a love song written Smokey Robinson, first recorded by The Marvelettes in 1966, the song did fairly well, peaking at no.2 on the US Souls/R&B chart.
The song have been covered numerous times.

In 1974 the track was recorded again by Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead fame. Garcia keeps the fundamentals of the original,but with a destinctly “European/American” twist and a rock guitar solo.
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Grace Jones, 1980 version, is transformed into an up-beat dance track, as so often before Jones use a Jamaican reggae like beat, nice and easy. Feel good music, no more, no less.

Blondie’s 1982 version is darker, more dangerously sexual, the lightness is gone, the production larger and very 80’s.

1995’s Massive Attack version, with the supreme Tracey Thorn, wow, now this track blows, the sadness always hidden in Thorns vocal, combined with Massive Attacks dark beautiful trippy mix. It brings something very new to the track, now it a very sad love song, very deep and emotional.