Here is a rarely circulated print interview with Bob Marley which appeared in the February 11, 1978 issue of Melody Maker. The interview was conducted by music journalist Chris Brazier. Photos by Barry Plummer.
Barmagrande is a four piece Roots unit that recently linked up with some of Jamaica’s best musicians and engineers for a searing new set called Liberta. The lyrics are inspired by The Most High and Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh.
Barmagrande are comprised of Sandro Donda (vox, bass and guitars), Emma Lercardi (vox, keys), Marco Donda (drums) and Massimo Dionisi (additional guitars). There are guest musicians from Morocco, Ecuador and Tibet. Jamaican legends Stephen Stewart (keys, mixing), guitarist Dalton Brownie, percussionists Scully and Sticky, hornsmen The Gayle Brothers and Alphonso Craig were brought into this great project. Recording took place at Barma Studio Latte (Italy) and Harry J’s (JA) and it was expertly mixed by Stephen Stewart and Clive Jeffrey (Dubking).
Reggae Vibes said this in their 5-star review of the album:
“To get all of these artists and engineers together for a project is no small feat! Barmagrande Presents Liberta is worth the admission price. The band itself are fully accomplished and this set will make them established! A very international affair with Roots intellect. Go out and get this one – you’re in for a treat. Go deh!”
Big Youth – Interconnection Cedric Myton – Vegeterian Man Bernard “Satta” Collins – Back From The Future Luciano – Waiting For Help Queen Ifrica – C’est La Vie Freddie McGregor – My Meditation Franklyn Montague – Good Man Tony Rebel – Peace In Oneself Max Romeo – Inner Potential Bob Andy – Free Tibet Bob Andy – Liberta
The OnlyRoots records label has been re-issuing some great classic reggae singles recently. They are responsible for the best vinyl EP pressed in 2013 – the vinyl debut by ADDIS PABLO & SUNS OF DUB - “Selassie Souljahz in Dub.”
The latest killer repress is our good friend Bob Andy’s “War In The City” 7″, which was originally issued in 1976 on the Jam-Rock label. Bob Andy has been such a great friend to MIDNIGHT RAVER, participating in several interviews over the past 2 years. He is one of Jamaica’s most beloved voices. This repress is an absolute must-have for any fan of classic roots & culture reggae.