Since his performance at the 2012 staging of Reggae Sumfest in beautiful Montego Bay, Jamaica, Shabba Ranks has been on fire in the performance arena, and in the recording arena.
Teaming up with one of Jamaica’s hottest younger generation producers, Calibud (Son of legendary producer Bobby ‘Digital B’ Dixon), Shabba recently returned to the studio to record the powerful song “War.”
Performed on the rebuilt riddim used to back Bob Marley’s song of the same name, Emperor Shabba Ranks denounces war of all types including psychological and physical, and appeals to the powers that be to keep the war away from his people. Turning to his community, Shabba calls for us to unite in order that his people to be uplifted. Using the song’s punch line to emphasize his point, Shabba simply asks “Ah who win the war; the police in the jeep or the soldiers in armored cars?”
Recorded live at the family’s recording studio on Ron’s Road in June in Kingston, Jamaica, Shabba expressed how happy he is with the outcome of the recording. “I’m very pleased with the song,” said Shabba. “I look forward to adding this song to my performances when I perform for fans.” In addition to Shabba’s satisfaction with the song, several artists in the Reggae and Dancehall fraternity have been touched by the riddim which has led to the decision to make a full riddim including the vocals of Cali P, Tarrus Riley and General Degree. “I’m very excited about the War riddim,” said Calibud. “This is a riddim that will help to unite the people and tell the world how great we are. This will be a great riddim.”
Bobby ‘Digital B’ Dixon, who has kept a watchful eye over his Son and the project, agrees that this riddim is “ready for the world” and is very proud of his Son including his musical accomplishments.