If I was a father and my daughter asked “Dad what is reggae music?” I could not think of a more beautiful door for her to pass through into the world of reggae than by listening to the music created by Raging Fyah.
Lukes Morgan shared Raging Fyah’s new album Everlasting with me a few weeks ago (Everlasting drops worldwide May 27 on Dub Rockers). I can’t help from feeling like I have an enormous weight on my shoulders to convey just how good it is. The weight of sound is heavy.
We all love reggae music for different reasons. Maybe we heard Legend in elementary school or maybe it was a vacation to an island, or an older brother who locked into the meditation of Ras Mek Peace and shared it at just the right time. We listened again and again and we learned from those experiences to love reggae music.
Fast forward to now, and for many of us (myself included) we forget when reggae was simply reggae, with no stipulations. We forget why our love for reggae began, and too easily compartmentalize the genre. We become fearful of what people think when they hear the word “reggae.” We then differentiate our kind of reggae and feed into those judgements, by attaching caveat’s to each sentence in conversations, “I manage reggae bands, from X, but not like Y, and they sound more like Q than R, but not like O, definitely not like O.” Caveat’s create barriers. That’s the opposite of reggae.
Enter Raging Fyah… Here is a band that has the potential to be fully embraced by the east coast, west coast, Europe, New Zealand, and Jamaica. Their music has the ability to connect the old who remember what it was like, and the young who pass over conversations about the past too quickly. I sincerely believe that the world would be a better place if more people got introduced to reggae through Raging Fyah’s music; and I hope they do.
Release Date: May 27, 2016
Label: Dub Rockers
Album Title: Everlasting
May 27: Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge
May 29: Monterey, CA – California Roots Festival
July 1: Cologne-Fühlinger See – Summer Jam
July 3: Brussels, Belgium – Couleur Cafe
July 8: Zurich, Switzerland – Rote Fabrik
July 9: Plock, Poland – Reggaeland
Jul 11: Washington, DC – Jammin Java
Jul 12: Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Jul 13: Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
Jul 14: Wakefield, RI – Ocean Mist
Jul 15: Philly, PA – Coda
Jul 17: Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Jul 18: Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
Jul 19: Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Jul 20: Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry
Jul 22: Bellvue, CO – Mishiwaka Amphitheatre
Jul 23: Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
Jul 24: Taos, NM – Taos Brewery
Jul 26: Phoenix, AZ – Crescent
Jul 28: Santa Monica, CA – The Pier
Jul 29: Los Angeles, CA – The Regent
Jul 30: Las Vegas, NV – Brooklyn Bowl
Jul 31: Santa Barbara, CA – Velvet Jones
Aug 2: Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst
Aug 3: Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre