positive things can be said about Blood And
Fire, the Reggae re-release label started by
the singer of the band Simply Red.
Blood and Fire doesn't only give you the
music, a music loved by so many people. The
label provides you with some crucial
information as well. Information which will
definitely add several dimensions to the
Original Raggamuffin is a perfect example
why Blood and Fire should be credited and
respected. The disc comes with fourteen
killer tracks, and with some very
interesting liner notes containing an
interview with JAH Stitch.
A prominent in the art of Toasting
("Reggae Rapping"), JAH Stitch
released a wealth of crucial material
through his producer Bunny Lee. Militant
Roots Rockers, skillfully mixed in DUB Style
with the MC chanting over it: JAH Stitch
mastered the art.
ORIGINAL RAGGAMUFFIN contains a selection
of conscious material put out by JAH Stitch.
As he toasts Truths and Rights over the
heavyweight Rockers, it becomes clear that
this is the real deal. JAH Stitch knows
where he talks about!
Fortunately, Blood and Fire didn't only
select a couple of tunes and put them on a
CD. And they didn't only produce some great
Cover Art to accompany the music either,
even though they did all of that.
They went further and made sure,
that people would actually know what they
have in their hands. And so, this album
comes with a small booklet sometimes called
These liner notes portray what life is
all about in Jamaica. The situations in
which that music was developed that we love
so much. The hearticality, the authenticity,
even the militancy: all results of what is
generally known as "suffering".
JAH Stitch was born and raised in
Jamaica. And he knows what
"suffering" means! According to
the liner notes, it's even a miracle that he
produced the tunes on this album. It turns
out, that at a certain moment he found
himself in a lethal situation. A moment in
which he got shot and a bullet even wenth
though his head!
After being in the hospital for a very
long time, the first thing he did was going
to a sound and try to find out if he could
still do some crucial toasting over riddims.
Fortunately, he could! But there was
something going on as well, because the
event that nearly cost him his life actually
changed his voice.
When you're looking for a crucial
document, look no further. The ORIGINAL
RAGGAMUFFIN will not only provide you with
crucial information, with uplifting lyrics,
the music forms a documentation in itself!