#ICantBreathe! Mojo Morgan joins in protest against racism and death of George Floyd

Grammy award winner Mojo Morgan has joined other international celebrities to protest social injustice in America.

This comes after the much publicised death of George Floyd – an African American – while in police custody has given rise to protests that have turned chaotic across the United States of America.

In an exclusive phone interview with Classic 105, Mojo said that he has also joined the protests calling for justice over the murder of Floyd.

“I’m in Orlando, Florida. There are protests taking place in over 35 cities in America. As well as countries around the world.”

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Mojo Morgan protest against the death of George Floyd while in the custody of police

Mojo revealed that the news of Floyd’s death was that of “disappointment to see that another black family has lost someone unnecessarily to police brutality and racism.”

The reggae icon added,

“As well as feeling frustrated with the justice system on how they handle these situations. There are good police and bad police. We need our leaders to incarcerate, prosecute and sentence the bad police with no delay.”

Mojo explained to Classic 105 why the protests are important.

“We hear the voices crying out for equality and justice. There can be no peace with out justice. As the great Martin Luther King Jr said, “a riot is the voice of the unheard,” he said.

Adding,

“So it’s important for us not to just sing about the suffering of the people or just post on social media about it. We must put our shOUlders to the wheel and stand in solidarity for the youths by peacefully protesting along side them. Hopefully our voices become loud enough to impact change.”

The reggae music legend admitted that what happened to George Floyd is rampant. Racisism is something he has experienced many times.

“Ever since I was a kid growing up in Springfield, Massachusetts. You see this behavior not just in America but in many countries when some people react a certain way to us just passing by them to closely. Body and facial language speaks very loudly and clearly. The color of our skin subject us to a certain response from law enforcement such as racial profiling which leads to escalation when cooler heads don’t prevail.”

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Asked what he hopes will be achieved at the end of the protests?

Mojo noted that the goal is to have compassionate and empathetic leaders voted into power that can change laws that protect the poor and people of color across America and around the globe for that matter.

Mojo who has a jam out creating awareness on social justice dubbed Be Free said,

“As parents we should not confine the children to what we learned because we fear the unknown. We should embrace the positive actions of the youths today as a new beginning. A new beginning that will take us into the future stronger and more United as humanity!”

Mojo described the single, Be Free “is about the youths today impacting change for generations to come by being proactive and letting their voices be heard.”

He continued,

“It also cautions the leaders today to adhere to the cry of the people and don’t stand in the way of change for the betterment of the less fortunate.”

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We want to help Kenyan acts spread their wings – Morgan Heritage

Grammy-winning reggae group Morgan Heritage, revealed that their main objective is to promote Kenyan artists and give them a global appeal.

Speaking in an exclusive interview seen by Classic05.com, Peter and Mojo Morgan, who were representing the Morgan Heritage crew, revealed that they are working with Naiboi, Willy Paul among other artists in a bid to help them spread their wings.

We are just now discovering a lot of young talents here and the list is growing everyday because there’s so much talent here. They said.

They added,

We are definitely looking forward to becoming a part of the music industry here in Kenya to help give some of the artists global recognition that people like Diamond and Yemi Alade have.

People like Naiboi is known in Kenya but outside of Kenya I don’t know if many people know about him.

We have friends like Willy Paul who is known across borders and we want to get him into Europe and America because artists from Nigeria and Ghana are all over those people.

The two were speaking ahead of their much anticipated, Tomorrow’s leaders festival slated for 8th June at the Kasarani Stadium.

The festival’s main initiative is to raise funds for youth leadership programs across Africa and Jamaica with Benefactors including Save the Children, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNODC, OXFAM International, Shofco, JoyDivine several other Ngo’s.

The festival is about us coming together and helping the youth to realize their full potentials. We are supporting both local and international Ngo’s. 

 

Other superstars who will be gracing the event include, Juacali, Naiboi, Nyashinski, Wyre, Diamond Platnumz, Alaine, Chameleone, Yemi Alade among others.

Gates open at noon and the ticket breakdown is as follows: Regular : 1K VIP : 10K and VVIP 15K

‘Kenya is home’ Morgan Heritage explain why they want to live in Kenya

Celebrated reggae group Morgan Heritage already bought land in Naivasha, but not many people know the reason behind that decision.

Speaking exclusively about the issue, they say that Kenya is where their heart is when it comes to African countries:

“This is where we are and we have our homes in Jamaica and America now we want a home in Africa and that’s why we settled for Kenya.

When Morgan Heritage is in Africa our home base is in Kenya , Kenya is home for us. People are talking about us having land in Kenya and all I can say is that we are getting settled .”

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Morgan Heritage are among Jamaican artistes who have a soft spot for Kenya. The list of other Jamaican artistes who have visited Kenya either for business or leisure is long.

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Some of them include Alaine Singa, Ce ‘Cile, Romain Virgo, Maxi Priest , Luciano, Chronixx, Jah Cure.

Recently, Morgan Heritage went to the magnificent Masai Mara to shot the video of their upcoming video along side Patoranking.

According to them, the experience was AWESOME.

It was an awesome experience. It felt like we were back at home in Jamaica, just sitting by the riverside. It was AWESOME.”

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Murang’a Senator explains why he named son after Morgan Heritage

Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata is such a fan of reggae, he has named his second child after popular Jamaican reggae group Morgan Heritage.

Speaking exclusively to Word Is, Kang’ata says that he grew up listening to reggae music because most of it talks about real-life issues.

He later went on to become a DJ, something that made his county people identify him.

He says

“I named my second child Euna Morgan,” he told Word Is yesterday.While in university I was suspended after opposing the parallel degree programme.

I became a DJ just to keep me going while out of school. I used to be called DJ Nyutu in Murang’a for two years,” .

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Kanga’ta during his wedding

Kang’ata says he grew up listening to reggae music because most of it talks about real-life issues.

“How Comes’ is one of Morgan Heritage’s songs that really inspire people because they are highlighting challenges people go through in life. Why the youth in the ghetto don’t get the education like those in urban areas.

I love most of their songs because they touch a lot about family. I sing it to my wife just to encourage her because I am busy with politics, I still have to create time for my family.

I love reggae but I think I love Morgan Heritage’s songs more because of the message they have.”

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‘Maasai Mara is AWESOME,That’s why we shot our upcoming video there’ Confesses Morgan Heritage

Its no secret that Morgan Heritage have a soft spot for Kenya ,from buying land ,shooting music videos and performing here they have done it all.

Well as you might know Kenya is considered the city under the sun and the only City to have a national park thus it is obvious why they are love struck.

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Morgan Heritage and Patoranking

During a recent interview they opened up on why they shot the music video of their latest jam ‘Pay Attention’ at Masai Mara.

“It was an awesome experience ,It felt like we were back at home in Jamaica ,just sitting by the riverside.It was AWESOME.”

“Pay Attention” is Morgan Heritage’s first single of 2019 with Patoranking.

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Patoranking

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They have already shot the video at 2 Rivers Mall, they will shoot over the weekend at Onyx then go straight to Masai Mara for the last part of the video. They shoot is supported by Bonfire Adventures.

Here is a video of them at the Masai Mara

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Ali Kiba leads celebrity tributes after Riverside attack

Following the unfortunate 14 Riverside terror attack on January, 16th, 2019, Kenyans from all walks of lives have come together to comfort each other.

They took to social media to pray and comfort those who were trapped in the Dusit D2 hotel as well as the offices located in the premises.

Celebrities among them musicians from across borders who command millions of fans in Kenya, also sent their messages of comfort and support.

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Among them are; Celebrated Tanzanian Bongo superstar, Diamond Platnumz, Ali Kiba, Jamaican artists; Etana, Morgan Heritage, Chronixx and songbirds Cecile and Alaine.

Below are their messages which were warmly received by Kenyans who thanked them for remembering their fans in their time of need.

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Maombi yangu yapo kwenu KENYA…Poleni sana na Inshaallah Mwenyezi Mungu atawasimamia… 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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Bobi Wine (Ugandan MP)

My heart is with our brothers and sisters affected at the 14Riverside Drive in Kenya where there has been a terrorist attack. #Kenya

Bobi Wine comforts Kenyans following 14 Riverside drive attack

Ali Kiba

🇰🇪 May Allah give you strength during this tough times. We are with you ♥️🙏🏽.

 

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Etana (Jamaican singer) Love and strength to Kenya…stronger together. 💛

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Cecile (Jamaican singer)Sending my love and my thoughts to 🇰🇪…. eartharunred

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WE SHALL NOT FEAR

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Chronixx (Jamaican reggae artist)

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Alaine (Jamaican songbird)

Praying for my second home Kenya. Praying for the victims and all those affected by the attacks today.

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Morgan Heritage and Patoranking conclude the video shoot of their upcoming single “Pay Attention”

Best Reggae Group Morgan Heritage and Nigerian Dancehall King Patoranking have met in Nairobi, Kenya for the shoot of their new jam.

“Pay Attention” is Morgan Heritage’s first single of 2019 with Patoranking.

They have already shot the video at 2 Rivers Mall, they will shoot over the weekend at Onyx then go straight to Maasai Mara for the last part of the video. They shoot is supported by Bonfire Adventures.

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It’s now  official! Morgan Heritage and Patoranking have concluded the video shoot of their upcoming single “Pay Attention”.

Some of the locations have been filmed at include Tribe Hotel, Village Market, Onyx Lounge, Mara Eden Safari Camp and Masai Mara National Park, Courtesy of Onyx Lounge, Bonfire Adventures, Eden Mara Safari Camp and Mario Tours and Travel.

Morgan Heritage has also worked with Diamond Platnumz while Patoranking has worked with Kenya’s Sauti Sol in their jam “Melanin”.

They are considered among the most successful reggae artistes, while their  music is enjoyed by the young and the old.

Below are some photos from the shoot

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Sights and sounds from Wasafi festival

Wasafi festival, arguably one of the most anticipated concerts of 2018 went down on New year’s eve at Uhuru Gardens.

The concert was headlined by WCB artists; Mbosso, Diamond Platnumz, Harmonize, Queen Darlene, Rayvanny and Lava Lava as well as Grammy award winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage.

Kenyan acts; Naiboi, Band Beca and Nadia Mukami thrilled the packed grounds before the Wasafi crew and Morgan Heritage took to stage.

As much as I love Bongo music and the Wasafi crew, I honestly feel like they should have done much better and it is only fair to say Morgan Heritage outshone the entire crew with their spirited performances.

In case you missed the show here are photos from Wasafi festival.

 

Morgan Heritage and Diamond Platnumz release their new jam ‘Africa Jamaica’: is it a Hit or a Miss?

Morgan Heritage and East Africa’s “Rolls Royce Musician” and Diamond Platnumz have made history again with their new jam ‘Africa Jamaica’.

This time, alongside Ghanaian BET award-winner and Dancehall King: Stonebwoy,

Morgan Heritage have released “Africa Jamaica”—the lead single off their upcoming album set for release in 2019.

Morgan Heritage flew all the way to Ghana, West Africa, to shoot the anticipated music video, directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, with Stonebwoy and Diamond. On their way to Ghana, Morgan Heritage also filmed some scenes in Cape Verde.

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Last time Morgan Heritage and Diamond released their first collaboration it garnered more than 1 Million YouTube views in 24 hours. An official statement from Morgan Heritage touted the video as a “Must watch!” Adding, “Make sure you see what we have to offer the world!”

Comprising Mojo, Peetah and Gramps; Morgan Heritage is very optimistic that this mega African collaboration will resonate exceptionally well with their music fans in Africa as well as the Caribbean. While in the process also of uniting East and West Africa, they are scoring another historical feat by filming “Africa Jamaica” music video in Ghana.

In deed their mission to build a stronger African and Caribbean connect through music is coming together! Ghanaian music gem Stonebwoy and Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest recording artist of the moment from Tanzania, Diamond Platnumz asserted this, as they shared promo teasers across Africa, in preparation of the big release day.

Diamond Platnumz
Diamond Platnumz

“Africa Jamaica” was first recorded a day after the 60th GRAMMY, where their last studio album Avrakedabra was nominated for Best Reggae Album, Awards earlier on this year.

The Iconic Reggae Super Group had paid a visit to their long-time friend and multi GRAMMY Award winning super producer Jerry Wonda at Platinum Recording Studio in New York. It is where the idea of the song and video to unite sounds from Africa and the Caribbean through powerful music and cultural

Morgan Heritage coming out with Africa’s next biggest hit: “Africa Jamaica” feat. Diamond Platnumz

Morgan Heritage and East Africa’s “Rolls Royce Musician” and MTV EMA Winner Diamond Platinumz are ready to make history once again!

This time, alongside Ghanaian BET award-winner and Dancehall King: Stonebwoy. On Friday October 19th, Morgan Heritage will be releasing “Africa Jamaica”—the lead single off their upcoming album set for release in 2019.

Morgan Heritage flew all the way to Ghana, West Africa, to shoot the anticipated music video, directed by Jordan Hoechlin and Morgan Heritage, with Stonebwoy and Diamond. On their way to Ghana, Morgan Heritage also filmed some scenes in Cape Verde.

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Last time Morgan Heritage and Diamond released their first collaboration it garnered more than 1 Million YouTube views in 24 hours. An official statement from Morgan Heritage touted the video as a “Must watch!” Adding, “Make sure you see what we have to offer the world!”

Comprising Mojo, Peetah and Gramps; Morgan Heritage is very optimistic that this mega African collaboration will resonate exceptionally well with their music fans in Africa as well as the Caribbean. While in the process also of uniting East and West Africa, they are scoring another historical feat by filming “Africa Jamaica” music video in Ghana.

In deed their mission to build a stronger African and Caribbean connect through music is coming together! Ghanaian music gem Stonebwoy and Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest recording artist of the moment from Tanzania, Diamond Platnumz asserted this, as they shared promo teasers across Africa, in preparation of the big release day.

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“Africa Jamaica” was first recorded a day after the 60th GRAMMY, where their last studio album Avrakedabra was nominated for Best Reggae Album, Awards earlier on this year.

The Iconic Reggae Super Group had paid a visit to their long-time friend and multi GRAMMY Award winning super producer Jerry Wonda at Platinum Recording Studio in New York. It is where the idea of the song and video to unite sounds from Africa and the Caribbean through powerful music and cultural

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Famous Tanzanian Pastor Disgusted By Diamond’s Misuse Of ‘Hallelujah’ (Video)

A famous Tanzanian pastor has condemned Diamond Platnumz’s new song dubbed Hallelujah, featuring Morgan Heritage.

Zakayo Nzogere says the title of the song does not go hand-in-hand with the theme in the video. He further says how he is disgusted by how the singer’s misused this religious word in his song.

“Tafadhali tusaidiane kufikisha ujumbe huu… tunataka jukwaa la wakristo tanzania linalojumuisha baraza la tec, cct na cpct litoe tamko dhidi ya wimbo wa “diamond” ambao ametumia neno “hallelujah” wakati maudhui ya wimbo wake hayaendani na maadili ya kikristo.matumizi ya neno hilo katika wimbo huu yanaudhi.pia naomba waziri wa utamaduni, sanaa na michezo afikishiwe ujumbe huu.pia tunaitaka basata izuie wimbo huu hadi maneno hayo yaondolewe.”

In another social media post, the man of God says he is flabbergasted by the fact that born-again people are praising secular songs.

Najiuliza… Nabaki Kushangaa…hivi inawezekanaje mtu aliyeokoka na kujazwa na nguvu za roho mtakatifu halafu aendelee kushabikia mambo ya dunia??? inawezekanaje mpendwa kuvutiwa na nyimbo za kumtukuza baali???Something Is Very Wrong somewhere.

The song broke the records by having over a million views in 16 hours. Mpasho has found out that the lit video was shot in Brixton, Uk.

Check out what fans had to say:

essau_fredrick: Yaani katika taifa na yote yanayo Endelea sasa hivi katika nchi yetu huyu mtumishi ameona wimbo wa diamond?like seriously na imekuaje mtumishi huyu kupata nafasi ya kuusikiliza?????kwel hiz n ck z mwisho na dalili zake sas ziko bayana kabisa,km n hbr y kwel lkn.

ricksmithjrs5:  hongera kwa kukiri kwamba yapo ambayo huyajui…unaonaje kwa spirit hiyo hiyo ukakiri na hili la hallelujah hulijui…maana unapoona neno joice unasema jina joice..na unatafsiri neno moja moja unaharibu maana. Ungeelewa maana ya “uttered in worship”…ungepata concept kwamba ni itumikayo kwenye nyakati za kuabudu na nyanja ya ibada…anaabudu nini vichupi au…unamsifu mungu kwa nini vichupi au kule kubambiana!!!

G Jonathan Kamenge: Mpaka kushawishi taasisi zote hizi kutengeneza jukwaa kubwa namna hii itachukua muda. Nadhani WASAFI iandikiwe barua yenye hoja hizi na ishauriwe kuondoa maneno hayo, nakala iendele BASATA na hao wengine. “….kazi hii inakuhusu wewe…”

Fred D: Msungu Askof Gwajima ndio anaweza hii kazi ..ngoja nimfikishie ujumbe wengine waoga

Baraka Samson Chipanjilo: Hahaha na hivi muda mrefu alikua hajapata Starter ya kuamshia Dude,,,,hii ukimpa atakushukuru sana ataliwasha Dude kwa nguvu

Bishop Dickson D. Kaganga: Mimi sijausikia… na ukweli kama ndivyo inaudhi… lakini tafuteni USHAURI wa KISHERIA kwanza kwa WANASHERIA wa KIKRISTO… ili kujua KISHERIA matumizi ya neno HALELUYA ni kwa WAKRISTO au waimbaji wa GOSPEL tu? Na jee! Ni Diamond tu ametumia neno HALELUYA kwenye SANAA ya UIMBAJI? Ni ushauri wangu tu.

Joackim John Sylivand: MUNGU siku zote hazihakiwi Tafadhali Tafadhali tunaomba mnaoweza kutusaidia mtusaidie kweli inaudhi

G Jonathan Kamenge: This is grammatical definition and translation. Context and social definition and even cultural is not considered. Hakuna legal offense kwenye kusema “chura anarukaruka” na nyinginezo zilizohojiwa. This question is are you offended or not!? If you are, what are you gonna do about it!!!?

Christine Emmanuel: This is the definition of HALLELUJAH…. so Ni haki wimbo wa huyu jamaa ufungiwe kabisa.Huko ni kuudhalilisha ukristo, kwa nini hakutumia maneno ya dini yake???? Tusitetee ujinga jamani. Ifike mahali tusimame na kuipigania/kuilinda imani yetu.

Anyesi Lucas Kajituel: binafsi niliuona mtandaoni na nikadharau tu na sikuusikiliza. My thinking was labda mtu anayefahamu Haleluya ni kitu gani amemshirikisha maana sasa hivi kuna waimbaji wa nyimbo za injili wanashirikiana na waimbaji wa miziki ya kidunia. Nikajua ndio hilo wimbi jipya lililozuka.

Billy Graham: A Brown Lust is devils topic, and he will cause all to obey that.. huyu diamond kama ataambiwa, watakatifu wamfungie na kwenye ulimwengu wa roho, si funguo zipo za kumfungia. Tujue kuwa roho ya baba yake shetani inafanya kazi ndani yake, na inampeleka ku abuse vitu vya kiungu kama Ahabu tu na Goliath. Sheria ikifanikiwa na rohoni watu wa design hii washughulikiwe pia…

You Don’t Hafi Dred To Be Rasta! Morgan Heritage Keep It Strictly Roots In New Music Offering

In 2015 under their own CTBC Music Group imprint label, the Royal Family of Reggae Morgan Heritage released Strictly Roots, their anticipated tenth studio album.

The chart topping album debuted to rave reviews while amassing various recognition and awards including the coveted Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

“Winning our first Grammy for this album is special because it’s our first release as an independent artist on our label CTBC Music Group and to win the Grammy with the support of our partners at Empire and IDC is very reassuring. It tells us that our peers recognize our contributions to our genre of Reggae Music,” Morgan Heritage said.

To mark the journey of the award winning album, the band intensively toured worldwide to sold out venues, and offered an insight to fans with multiple mini documentaries from their worldly travels. And now to the delight of music lovers and just in time for the holiday season, Morgan Heritage is releasing “Strictly Roots, the Deluxe Edition” on December 9th, 2016.

Speaking of the Deluxe project which includes remixes and previously unreleased songs, Morgan Heritage explained the remix selection process, “Last year we joined forces with Indaba Music on a remix contest where we asked fans, producers and DJ’s alike to do remixes for the song through Indaba Music and their 1 million+ members. The team at Indaba was amazing and the selection process to choose the winner was tougher than we thought it would be because there were so many great remixes but we had to pick only 3 finalists that were eclectic and captivating all at the same time.”

“Strictly Roots, the Deluxe Edition” comprises the remixes of Light It Up feat Jo Mersa Marley, the son of 11 time Grammy winner Stephen Marley and grandson of the great Bob Marley. “There are a few remixes of Light It Up feat Jo Mersa Marley. One from Silencyde, a young talented producer from Arizona that won the Light It Up remix contest. A second from Canadian producer Dubmatix who is a 6 time Juno award winner/nominee. The 3rd remix was done by Guido Craveiro who is one of the masterminds behind the sound of the award winning and multi-platinum selling group Seeed from Germany. It was an honor to work with these super talented producers.”

The Deluxe edition also features 4 bonus songs. Speaking of each track, the band elaborated on their meanings “Come Fly feat Flogging Molly is a song about freedom of the mind, body and spirit. Rise Up is about never loosing faith while standing up for your rights in life. Talk Dem Ah Talk encourages everyone to ignore the noise out in the world and don’t let the naysayers nor hypocrites hold you back no matter what. And Lion Order is a lifestyle in which living a clean life and giving daily praise to our father in Zion among other things keeps us strong like a lion.”

Morgan Heritage “Strictly Roots Deluxe Edition” is now available for pre-order, “We’d like this Deluxe Edition of Strictly Roots to light up everyone’s holiday season with love from our family to yours. Everyone should get ready for the new album scheduled to be released in April 2017 and stay tuned to our social media as we get ready to premiere the 2nd single from the upcoming album on the Back To Basics Promo Tour in December. “

With a catalog of songs that very few artists could rival, Morgan Heritage has delivered the soundtrack of our lives, they have played a pristine role in shaping our very idea of what Reggae is.