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Local musician Kaleb Brown releases reggae-style album

By Kara Hallissey | May 03, 2018
Courtesy of: Kaleb Brown Ocean City native Kaleb Brown released his first album, “The Rootz Movement,” last month, which features 11 reggae songs he wrote and recorded with the help of several musicians.

(May 4, 2018) Ocean City native Kaleb Brown released his first album, “The Rootz Movement,” last month, which features 11 reggae songs he wrote and recorded with the help of several musicians.

“The album’s done in a very traditional roots reggae-style that’s contemporary and current at the same time,” Brown said. “You’ll find a little dance hall and hip-hop and soul mixed in with the heavy roots. I initially wrote and recorded all these songs between 2012 and 2015. There’s a lot of different topics and moods and it all related to things happening in my life at the time.”

After Brown recorded most of the tracks, he met reggae performer, guitarist and recording artist Tuff Lion who suggested they replace the programmed drum machine beats and digital bass with real instruments.

“Over the next few years, Tuff recorded live bass, drums and guitars on the tracks, and also added vocal harmonies, percussion and sweet soulful guitar leads,” Brown said. “He transformed the sound of the album so much, he eventually became its co-producer. The last ingredient was the super soulful organs and keyboards of Befekadu Assefa, who plays on the majority of the songs.”

In addition, Chino from Zion Reggae Band is featured on “Deliver Me,” Berlin-based rapper Karrwashere makes an appearance on “Dream Chaser” and The Hooplas guitarist, Cody Bush, plays on two of the tracks, he said.

“It’s real, it’s soulful, its relatable and it’s enjoyable,” Brown said. “I’ve been getting an amazing response so far from everyone who has listened, and I think the whole world is going to start responding to it very soon. From the mixing, to the packaging, to the musicianship, everything was done right and I think it’s surprising a lot of people.”

Brown has been performing acoustic solo shows and in bands for about six years. In addition to playing at a few festivals including the Chesapeake Bay Reggae Fest in Virginia and opening for Collie Buddz, The Green and Protoje.

His album “The Rootz Movement” was released April 20 on iTunes and is now available for purchase or to stream on Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play and others.

To purchase a CD for $18, which includes shipping costs, email Brown at kalebbrownmusic@gmail.com. Follow @kaleb_brown_music on Instagram or Kaleb Brown on Facebook to find out when he will be performing an acoustic show in the area.

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