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Akae Beka, Austin Reggae Fest, April 16, 2017

Vaughn Benjamin and Akae Beka kicked off their 2017 tour at the Austin Reggae Fest on April 16, 2017. Stunning performance as we have come to expect…

Check my review of the new Akae Beka album JahSayDo

Akae Beka “Mountains”

Ah, Hm, Yeah, Hmm
Ah, oh Yeah, ooo Yeah

Glory and majesty
Highest of honor and of praises
This day it please I fe see the mountains
More than all
More than all the dwellings of Jah cub
Ithiopia Sensi breezes
Solomon Black Ganja Breezes, Ithiopia sensi breezes

Cosmic of a flower, white with the purple fringes
Heathen I ask Jah for the nation houses
Choices. Talk out of balance and then is ropin
Chant out a science for the chosen
For the chosen
Standing unburned ina the oven

Just a smooth shade of changes
Smooth shade of changes yeah
Glory and majesty
Highest of honor and of praises
This day it please I fe see the mountains
This day it please I fe see the mountains

Changes from Moses
Sergant we nar go worship Cundalini
Just fruitify no multiply and loveless
Delicacy and pure creation will do this
Oh yes Glory and majesty, majesty,
Majesty Highest of of homor and of Praises
This day it please I fe see the mountains
Ithiopia sensi breezes
Solomon Black Ganja strain au breezes


“Jah Ova”

“Roll Call”

“Begin The Day”

“Love Is The Mainstay”


“Poor And The Needy”


From Midnite: It A Go Dread Inna DC

Summer 1997, East Coast Flavor Recording Studios, Washington, D.C.

A small crowd of Rasta and conscious musicians converge on a small D.C. recording studio to record an album. No, not to record an album – those are the wrong words – to perform 10 songs live in-studio while an audio recorder is running. After several years of incessant touring up and down the east coast of the United States, Midnite, a struggling roots reggae outfit borne in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, enters the studio to perform 10 songs that were forged during late nights in front of small crowds inside of small clubs. Each song the equivalent of a time bomb set to detonate on the busy streets of Babylon at a time to be determined. The band is harmonizing together as one cohesive unit on the same vibration. This tends to happen when you are crammed inside vans and shitty hotel rooms for several years. They eat together. They sleep together. They are a machine lubricated with the anointing oils of His Majesty, Jah Rastafari, Emperor Haile Selassie I, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God. As Vaughn Benjamin wails into the mic, eyes closed, head to the sky

“They can’t feel love yeah
Even when Jah show them love
They don’t know love
They can’t feel love yeah
I am the kaaba stone”

-Kaaba Stone

“Bushman,” “Love the Life You Live,” “Eyes Are the Light,” “Propaganda,” “Kaaba Stone,” “Due Reward,” “Don’t Move (Lion’s Dread),” “Meditation (Babylon Fruits),” “Mama Africa,” “Time and Time Again.” Each song will be performed and recorded live. Here in this small Washington, D.C. recording studio. Just like a live gig. Benjamin wails into the microphone:

“Did not this morning start with darkness
Well so does tonight
Alpha alpha and omega I
The beginning and the end”


Two mics.

No overdubs.

No delay.

No equalization.

No reverb.

No mixing.

Just raw, naked talent and pure instinct. Unpolished.

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