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Protector of Soul Music, Defender of Roots
With a husky tenor that is the epitome of soul, and with musical influences that range from roots reggae to gospel to neosoul to hip hop, Toussaint carries a sound that is true to his nickname, “the Liberator”. Yet Toussaint remains firmly g...See Full Bio
“Not many would consider soul music to be a natural bedfellow for roots reggae, and truly it isn't attempted very often. Toussaint's Black Gold proves that the musical forms can be blended with excellent results. Black Gold's first single was "Be You", an uplifting and positive track that also has an accompanying video (link) but the album opens with "Nobody Knows". "Nobody Knows" is a soulful track that gives praises to the Most High. It's one of Black Gold's strongest songs, and it lays down for the uninitiated what a 'soul roots' album is going to sound like. "This Song", which follows, is gospel-inflected and it allows Toussaint's powerful and raspy voice to really shine. By then the listener should get the 'soul roots' phenomenon. "Rise and Fall" is the only track featuring a guest vocalist, the excellent chanter from Guyana Jahdan Blakkamore, and it is also a stand-out. ”
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