Meditations Stick with Reggae Roots Vocal Trio Recorded with Marley

By Skank, Professor | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), February 5, 1995 | Go to article overview

Meditations Stick with Reggae Roots Vocal Trio Recorded with Marley


Skank, Professor, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


FEB. 6 MARKS the 50th anniversary of the birth of reggae legend Bob Marley, an occasion that will be remembered here a day early when one of reggae's great vocal trios, the Meditations, brings its smooth roots style to Mississippi Nights tonight.

In the late '70s, Marley was so impressed with the harmonizing of Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson that he asked them to sing on three of his songs: "Blackman Redemption," "Punky Reggae Party" and "Rastaman Live Up."

Of course, the Meditations released many, many other outstanding tracks (many of which can be found on the recent Heartbeat compilation, "Deeper Roots: Best of the Meditations").

The group, which broke up in 1984 after a 10-year run, was represented by makeshift lineups for a few years before reforming with the original members in 1990. Now, they are embarking on a three-week U.S. tour after a successful tour of Europe.

"It was our first European tour," said Cridland in a recent interview, "and it was eerie. We never played there before, and all over the land people were surprised. They said they never seen three singers from Jamaica do the things we do. We even opened for `Scratch' Perry - he's a true genius and he's big over there, mon.

"We really feel America is ready for reggae and we hope this tour proves it's time. We'll be doing lots of songs from `Deeper Roots' - you know, sweet-sounding reggae. …

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