Trojan Jamaica is proud to unveil the latest track from the groundbreaking new compilation, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE. “Man of the World,” performed by the legendary Toots and the Maytals, premieres today via Rolling Stone. RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE will arrive Friday, July 12 at all DSPs and streaming services; pre-orders are available now. “Trojan Jamaica is a good thing!” Says Hibbert. “Very happy to have contributed to this great record.”
Produced by Youth (U2, Paul McCartney) at Trojan Jamaica Studios in Ocho Rios, “Man of the World” sees the legendary Toots Hibbert bringing his trademark vocal brilliance to a rousing new rendition of the classic Fleetwood Mac blues rocker, written by guitarist Peter Green. A companion visual is streaming now.
WATCH “MAN OF THE WORLD” PERFORMED BY TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS
“Rude boy ska was spread by Toots and the Maytals in the 1960s,” writes journalist, writer and musician Vivien Goldman in RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE‘s exclusive liner notes, “with vivid songs that united Jamaicans and then got British mods and skinheads onto the dance floor together. Here, his textured tender/tough delivery renders indelible the plaintive ‘Man of the World,’ written by Peter Green, the original guitar player of Fleetwood Mac – themselves longtime members of the blues’ extended global family.”
RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE marks the eagerly anticipated first release from Trojan Jamaica, the new record label co-founded by musician-producers Zak Starkey and Sharna “Sshh” Liguz. The landmark collection a stunning array of iconic artists performing classic blues, R&B, and early rock ‘n’ roll songs that first inspired the reggae revolution. “Man of the World” was preceded by a series of track releases, including Mykal Rose’s stellar “I Put A Spell On You” (originally performed by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins) and an exclusive Rob Jevons remix of Bo Diddley’s “Gunslinger,” performed by reggae legend Big Youth, both of which are available now for streaming and download. In addition, the official “I Put A Spell On You” companion visual — featuring a sizzling solo from Jamaican guitar great Ernest Ranglin – is streaming now HERE following its exclusive premiere via Rolling Stone; the official “Gunslinger (Rob Jevons Remix)” video is streaming HERE following its debut via LargeUp.
“I PUT A SPELL ON YOU” PERFORMED BY MYKAL ROSE
“GUNSLINGER (ROB JEVONS REMIX)” PERFORMED BY BIG YOUTH
Trojan Jamaica arrives with a mandate to explore Jamaica’s diverse musical legacy, from its African roots to the endless inspiration of classic and contemporary American soul, R&B, and blues. With that goal in mind, RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE sees such groundbreaking stars as Toots & The Maytals, Big Youth, Mykal Rose, Freddie McGregor, Phylea Carley, Kiddus I, Andrew Tosh, Robbie Shakespeare and Sshh, taking on definitive songs by Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Peter Green, and Johnny & Shuggie Otis.
“It feels like we are at a pivotal moment in time with regards to the global relevance of roots rock & reggae”,says Sshh. “I give thanks every day to the island, its people and the culture that we have been given the opportunity to share it with the world.”
The story of Trojan Jamaica began in 2016 when Starkey – known for his superlative work as drummer in The Who, Oasis, and countless others – and Australian-born artist/producer Sharna “Sshh” Liguz united as SSHH, teaming up to reinvent the seminal song “Get Up Stand Up” (Bob Marley and Wailers’ co-founder, Peter Tosh) performing alongside Eddie Vedder and Carlton “Santa” Davis, George “Fully” Fullwood, and Tony Chin of the pioneering reggae backing outfit known as Soul Syndicate. A video of the performance made its way to Jamaican entrepreneur Kingsley Cooper who immediately invited Starkey and Sshh to perform at the November 2016 opening of the long awaited Peter Tosh Museum in Kingston. Another invitation followed in 2017, inspiring the duo to begin work on what would soon become Trojan Jamaica.
“We felt so warmly welcomed and at home in the musical community that we stayed and recorded all the music that has become Trojan Jamaica,” says Starkey. “We’re committed to presenting local artists together with international musicians who, like us, have been inspired by roots culture.”
Starkey and Sshh were aided in their mission by GRAMMY® Award-winning rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, both of whom make indelible contributions throughout RED, GOLD, GREEN & BLUE. An array of genre-spanning session superstars were enlisted, including drummer Cyril Neville (The Meters, The Neville Brothers), guitarist Tony Chin (of the famed Soul Syndicate session outfit), and keyboardist Michael Rendell (The Orb, Pink Floyd). With Youth behind the board, Starkey and Sshh lead this extraordinary band through all new performances of archetypal American music which deeply inspired the reggae revolution but whose influence on Jamaican music and culture is often forgotten.
“I find both reggae music and American blues to be similar with a different approach,” Starkey told Jamaica Observer last year. “Very cleverly, Jamaican music is ‘up’ music with a serious message. US blues has a very similar message in the words but the music can be harder or more ‘down’, but both rock just as hard.”