Karega Mandela – Rapso Power

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Label:Uprising Records – RDN-0020

Country:Trinidad & Tobago

Used LP 1988

Disc:VG+ (there is a tinny noise from middle part of B2 which may be intentional or a pressing mistake, totally good shape, we rated VG+)

Jacket:VG+ (wears/wrinkles, tape mark, not bad condition as Trinidad & Tobago cover we think)

Trinidadian music Rapso, a hybrid of soca and rap, developed out of social unrest in the 1970s. This is a solo name work of Rapso by Karega Mandela, a member of the Brother Resistance family. Backing the band are of course the core members of Brother Resistance, including the Network Riddum Band, Steve Jemmot, Derek 'Benny King' Jones, etc. The highlight of the album is "We ha to do it" on the A-side, with its steelpan tone, eerie cosmic overtones, and cheerful vocalsa nd "We ha to do it ( Version)" which has a lighter instrumental-style composition. The B-side contains the same version⁉ of the song "Peace". The vinyl is clean, but there is a tinny noise from middle part of B2, which may be intentional or a pressing mistake.

1970年代の社会不安から発展し、ソカとラップをハイブリッドしたトリニダッド音楽Rapso。本作はその代表格であるBrother Resistanceファミリーの一員Karega Mandelaによるソロ名義作。バッキングにもNetwork Riddum Band,Steve Jemmot,Derek 'Benny King' JonesなどBrother Resistanceの核となるメンバーがもちろん参加しています。目玉はA面に収録のスティールパンの音色、小気味いいコズミック調な上音、チアフルなヴォーカルの”We ha to do it”、より楽器の軽やかなインストのような構成の”We ha to do it (Version)”も収録。B面にはPeaceを歌った同ヴァージョン⁉を収録。盤面綺麗ですが、B2中盤から狙ったのかプレスミスかわかりませんがチリチリとしたノイズのような音が入ります。

A1 - We ha to do it

A2 - We ha to do it (Version)

B1 - Talking Peace

B2 - Peace Talk (Version)