Interview: Samory I | Album Review: Black Gold | United Reggae


Source: Interview: Samory I

By David Katz on Sunday, August 20, 2017 – Photos by Franck Blanquin

 

I-man Strictly Roots. The only way I’ll be not doing roots is if I do a collaboration with another artist from another genre”   – Samory I

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Your given name is Samory Toure Fraser. How did you end up with a name that references a historic figure that resisted colonial rule in West Africa during the 19th century?

I was named by my father who was a massive reader. He always read a lot of books, so I-man get I name from I father.

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Samory I’s debut album, Black Gold, is one of the most outstanding reggae releases of recent times. Delivering his works in this Rasta-oriented patois on a long-distance call from Jamaica, the individualistic singer speaks of his turbulent youth, the inspiration behind his music, the crucial input of his manager, and the process of working closely with Rory Stone Love to produce Black Gold.

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Samory I  –  Black Gold

Source: Samory I - Black Gold  |  United Reggae

By Erik Magni on Friday, August 4, 2017

Jamaican singing talent Samory I – with a passionate vocal style slightly reminiscent of the late Garnett Silk – dropped his first single With You in 2014. I first heard of him a year later when he put out the excellent Take Me Oh Jah on Rory Stonelove’s Zeen riddim. That cut was later followed by strong efforts like Scepter on Go With Jah riddim, Ride On on Royal Step riddim and I Am Gad, which was featured on Silly WalksSmile Jamaica compilation.

For his debut album Black Gold Samory I is back with Rory again. And the set is just as strong as their first single together. He manages to fulfil – and in some cases exceed – expectations so to say. Just listen to the spiritual Lost Africans, the soulful Not Because, the devout Serve Jah and the militant Suit & Tie.

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