Fred Locks banks on new album ‘Born Rasta’
Fred Locks

‘Born Rasta’, the 15th studio album by roots singer Fred Locks was released on December 1.

The 10-song set was produced by Alphanso Henclewood and features songs such as ‘Role Model’, ‘Murder Can’t Bring Back Life’, ‘Here I Come Again’ and ‘Stand Up in Love’.

It is the follow up to his 2020 EP Right Away.

“We’ve put a lot of work into this project, and we're pleased with the finished product. It’s a solid album, it has some great tracks on it, and I am sure it’s going to do well in places like Europe, England, Africa, and parts of the world,” said Fred Locks.

Fred Locks has been involved in music since the late 1960s when he was part of a group called The Flames.

“Without a doubt, reggae music is one of the most loved genres of music in the world. I’ve traveled all over the world and everywhere I’ve been people know about reggae music. Even in the most remote places once people see you and recognize that you are Jamaican, they want to talk with you about reggae music and Rastafari. I mean no disrespect to any other genre of music, but reggae is the most powerful genre to come from Jamaica. It is the one that has made the most impact worldwide,” he said.

Fred Locks continued, “Reggae will never die because it brings a certain level of consciousness and awareness to the people. Reggae music is like food for the soul, because it nourishes the mind of the people. I’ve seen its impact on the lives of people all over the world. As long as there’s life, reggae will always be a healing force in the world. Reggae music is forever.”

The journeyman entertainer burst onto the music scene in 1975 with the ionic hit single ‘Black Star Liner’.

KEVIN JACKSON , Observer writer

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