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From the intro of “Reggae College” where we hear the young “Singing Drummer” announce to the world that he’s choosing “Reggae College mi seh, not Babylon College!” to the touching autobiographical song “Black Drummer Boy”, Wilburn Anthony “Squidly” Cole lays out his Trenchtown history, Rastafari heart and Nyabinghi soul on every track. His incredible skills as a drummer, singer, composer, and producer all come powerfully forward in this album worthy of a Grammy.
“Reggae College” is a gorgeous musical tapestry of styles and themes, both personal and prophetic. “Black Pain” expresses his compassion for the suffering of the African people “I’m a tree of that land, I’m in the seed I’m in the root…” In “Equal Rights and Justice, Where Are You”, the professor takes Bob Marley’s song to the next level with today’s injustices seeming to have the upper hand everywhere you turn…”Equal Rights and Justice, We can’t find you, you seem to be lost…”
“Vampires” and the prophetic “Flood Hurricane Disaster Dub” each have a magnetic hook and wicked harmonies that will have you dancing and singing along to something that’s equally scary when you see it on the nightly news.
The inimitable Erica Newell breezes in and out with soulful vocals on “”Flood” and on the track “Strictly Rubba Dub”, a jazzy mix that showcases her vocal chemistry with Mr. International One Drop and it’s hot! I’ll look forward to more from these two talents.
“Don’t Sell Me Out” and “World’s Greatest Betrayers” continue Squidz’ meditation on today’s world, the ‘cry of the sufferah’ which he knows so well. His perspective comes from vast experience in the world of Trenchtown reggae, from touring since the age of 14 and from his heavyweight heritage. His father, Daddy “Stranger” Cole is a famous Jamaican Rock Steady singer; Squidly has worked with the Marleys since 1988 and is now touring with Stephen Marley. He’s a humble, hard-working father and it’s no secret at all that Squidly loves Almighty Jah. The tracks “Don’t Delay Jah Music” and “Give Thanks and Praise” (feat. Cali P) are two of my favorites. They convey the joy and positive energy that propel this artist on a daily basis and inspire me to carry on too. I wish I could credit his band for the beautiful arrangements on these and the whole album.
His tribute “Ain’t No Love like Mama” is sure to be every mom’s favorite and will touch your heart. Call your mom now! Thank you Squidly, for this amazing album that will feed you with love and courage to live the truth every time you listen to it. Big Up “Reggae College”, a Grammy mi seh! Support this independent artist, Squidly Cole!
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"Eroding Dissimulation SC Version with guitar"
Coming from thoughts of a strange mind spewing forth even stranger sounds ........
Alex Skarred Kage/ Random Thoughts Of Violence
Nice songs King!! only tunes!!
Blood Line was vibin' my dude..met you in st. petersburg florida went by the name DANNY POONANI haha you killed it on the drums that night checkout the riddims brother keep putting out the blessed music
Nice work! I came by to show you some love and support, you can return the favor by stopping by out page. Put A Stamp On it!
Thank you my friend. & keep makin dem hitz. Extraordinary..
THANK U SOOO MUCH....
IM HAPPY TO BE YUR FRIEND..JAH BLESS
yes mr squildly
THEIR JAH WALK US TODAY ON OUR JOURNEY AND BLESS OUR WORKS FOR TOMMOROW WHILE WE DO OUR BEST TODAY
Nuff raspect Squidly....may 2011 find your venues packed and your CD's selling like food....one blessed love~
Bless up King. Keep it forward... Check out the Vibes and remember The Crucial Culture Shop and Selassie Youth music... ONE LOVE
give thanks rasta...bless
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