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Album Review

This most recent Macka B extravaganza on Ariwa/Ras could be subtitled Greatest Hits Live, as it features several songs from prior Macka B CDs performed during various concerts in Spain, Germany and Tokyo. Such hard-hitting staples as "Revelation Time," "Big Mack," "Unemployment Blues," "(Racists) Back Off" and "Buppie" were done in a furious fashion, thanks both to Macka B's relentless prose and hot backing from The Robotiks band (who should have been individually identified). This live concert has a passionate quality Macka B has seldom equaled on his CDs, although his writing and commentaries are always provocative.


Born: Wolverhampton, West Midlands, Eng

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s

Macka B was one of Britain's most influential dancehall toasters, pushing the music back toward a Rastafarian political consciousness. His rough, gravelly vocals gave him an instantly identifiable sound, and his production -- chiefly handled by Mad Professor -- updated dub reggae techniques for the dancehall age, proving that the two sounds weren't mutually exclusive. Although the vast majority of Macka B's material was devoted to spiritual and social messages, he did lighten the mood with occasional...
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