Final battle heats up

Final battle heats up

By Howard Campbell
Observer senior writer

Monday, June 17, 2019

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Argentinian music producer Hernon Sforzini plans to step up promotion for his all-star album, Sly and Robbie vs The Roots Radics: The Final Battle, this month. The set contains songs by top reggae singers backed by the Taxi Gang and Roots Radics Band.

On June 29, Sforzini will release videos for two of its singles during an exposé in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital. The visuals are for Full Moon, Plant A Tree by Sly and Robbie with Lee “Scratch” Perry and Things Must Get Better — a collaboration between Roots Radics and The Congos.

“There will be an avante premier of the videos at La Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires — a beautiful and historic building dedicated to the arts. We are also advancing 12 video clips [one for each song] which will be shown all together as a film in different places where we will sell the album,” Sforzini told the Jamaica Observer.

Final recording sessions for The Final Battle took place last year in Buenos Aires and at Tuff Gong studios in Kingston. It was released April 15 on vinyl, compact disc and digitally.

Saxophonist Dean Fraser, keyboardists Franklyn “Bubbler” Waul and Sidney Mills, Addis Pablo on melodica, Marcus Uranis from American band Groundation, and the SOJA brass section of Rafael Rodriguez Morales and Hellman Escorcia were part of Sly and Robbie's Taxi Gang.

In addition to Perry, they backed Horace Andy, Luciano, Mykal Rose, The Mighty Diamonds, and Ken Boothe.

The 'Radics' were led by founder and bass player Errol “Flabba Holt” Carter. His side included drummer Kirk Bennett, keyboardist Lloyd “Obeah” Denton, guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith and percussionist Bongo Herman.

They also backed Toots Hibbert, Pablo Moses, Max Romeo, Brinsley “Aswad” Forde, and Freddie McGregor.

Describing the set as “an historic album”, Sforzini said he and his team have aggressively promoted The Final Battle on radio, social media, television, and magazines.

“It is having a great impact all over the world. Sly and Robbie and Roots Radics are the architects of roots-reggae and this album aims to recognise them,” he added.

The 42-year-old Sforzini is from Lanus, a city in southern Argentina. He has worked with several reggae acts including Israel Vibration, Steel Pulse, The Congos, and Andrew Tosh.

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