It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas for Dean Fraser.
Nyabinghi Christmas, that is!
16 Christmas songs,
driven by traditional Rastafarian rhythms.
Produced by: Dean Fraser & Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.
Executive Producers: Tad A. Dawkins, and Tad A. Dawkins Jnr.
Fraser began production on the instrumental project last year with co-producer Tad Dawkins Jr. / Tad’s International Records
“Nyabinghi is Jamaican music, an’ I want to bring a new instrumentation to these songs. Wi keep it musical but with
a different vibe,” Fraser told the Jamaica Observer.
Some of the popular songs that receive the “binghi” treatment:
When a Child is Born,
Christmas A Cum (Mi Waa Mi Llama),
Long Time Ago,
Santa Ketch Up Inna Mango Tree,
Feliz Navidad and Auld Lang Syne.
For the authentic Nyabinghi feel, Fraser brought in percussionists Congo Billy, Hector Lewis and
Denver “Feluke” Smith.
The sessions were some of the last for Smith who died
in September from colon cancer.
Bassist Mikey Fletcher, guitarists Dario Morgan and Lamont Savory, keyboardist Andrew Marsh and
flautist Zoe Mcintyre also played on the songs.
Fraser has done a number of albums, including instrumental tributes to Bob Marley and Dennis
Brown. He also played on Christmas albums by other artistes
but the thought of doing one for himself
never came up until last year.
“I wouldn’t say Christmas is my favourite time of di year;
only thing I love about Christmas is di songs…
they are well-written and worth listening,” he said.
~ Written by: Howard Campbell
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