Massagana has been a Rasta anthem for a long
time, the riddim (bassline) has been played
by many artists. A lot of groups have their
own version of the song.
Here you have the Abyssinians, another
Vocal Trio from Jamaica. Originators of at
least two of these classic Rasta anthems:
Declaration of Rights and Satta.
Both tracks you can find on this CD,
which is a remixed collection of 14 titles
from 8 original master tapes. That is not an
undivided good thing, because the original
mix differs from the mixes on this
Still, because the Abyssinians are
considered well essential and crucial this
CD is a must, especially when you do not
have the vinyl version.
There is a heavy spiritual vibe in the
vocals of the Abyssinians. Their harmony is
perfect and considered one of the most
They certainly spread a gospel vibe
because in the time of this recording they
were attending the Ethiopian Orthodox
Church. The music is heavy 1970's Roots
Reggae, played by Reggae's top musicians.
Lot of easy skanking one drops, horn themes
on this one.