The Best Of Joshua To Jashwha 1978-2019
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Jashwha's recording career got off to a flying start with the Dennis Bovell produced "Africa (Is Our Land)" a British roots reggae classic - released under his original name Joshua Moses. Jashwha followed up the following year with the more lovers orientated "Pretty Girl" and although he continued to perform and to record, it was to be more than thirty years before Jashwha released anything new when Bristol Archive released "Joshua To Jashwha - 30 Years In The Wilderness". The album was well received allowing for his discovery by a new generation of fans whilst reconnecting Jashwha with those who knew him from old. With his career reinvigorated and a fruitful long-term musical collaboration with producer Mikey Taylor Hall, Jashwha returned to performing full time and over the next three years released two albums of brand-new recordings "No War on Earth" and "The Rising". Forty years after his first release we thought it was time to celebrate Jashwha's unique career and his numerous achievements by selecting 17 of his finest recordings and packaging them together as a 'best of' compilation, although that description hardly does the music or artist justice. The tracks on this compilation are firmly in the 'roots reggae' tradition. Jashwha writes and sings with total conviction, this is the life he has lived, the things he believes, and every word resonates with that belief. Naturally we start at the beginning with "Africa (Is Our Land)" a hard act to follow, but something Jashwha achieves with the remaining selections. The thirty-five years between that debut and Jashwha's first proper album "No War on Earth", provides an additional six tracks that were recorded over a twenty-year period yet fit perfectly with both his debut and the songs from his later albums. Several of the additional eleven songs we've included from Jashwha's follow up albums demonstrate that evolutionary process, as earlier versions were reworked through performance and in the studio, sometimes just tweaking and improving what went before and at other times completely reconstructing those earlier ideas. Jashwha's music has naturally evolved as he's aged, but the message, the joy and the outstanding quality have remained consistent, these songs are his manifesto for a better world, a world where music can make a difference.
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