Various Artists

MUP: Reggae from Around the World

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Reggae's flexibility and general popularity were the motivating factors behind this 13-track anthology. Whether singing in Polish, Italian, Japanese or a variety of African languages, the performers all adhered to the music's stylistic requirements; they were more attuned to the classic guitar/bass/horns backdrop than the electronic or synthesized styles that have been popular since the early '80s. They also embraced vintage lyric frameworks of social protest and/or romantic love, and took their cues from singers rather than toasters.

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