By Charles Otieno
Reggae ‘royalty’ Morgan Heritage are gearing for a major concert in Nairobi next month. The five siblings of reggae artiste Denroy Morgan will arrive in the country on April 7. Morgan Heritage will be accompanied by LMS (composed of other Morgan siblings) which is more hip-hop influenced.
In fact, Gramps Morgan, of Morgan Heritage, has also embarked on his solo career spreading his musical wings across genres, while remaining true to his reggae roots. He recently hooked up with neo-soul songstress India Arie on single Therapy from her upcoming album Testimony: Vol. 2, Love and Politics. The show organised by Fishbone Entertainment will be held at the Carnivore and another one at the Coast.
Having grown up in their father’s music studio in the US the group, then consisting of eight of the children, made their first appearance at Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica. They were subsequently signed by MCA and released their debut album Miracles in 1994. They have since criticised Miracles as being overly pop-influenced.
After the release of Miracles the family moved to Denroy’s homeland of Jamaica. In this period, three family members left the group. Following the release of their 2001 album More Teachings... Morgan Heritage toured Europe again, and they have returned several times since.
Their sixth studio album, Three in One, came out in 2003. They have released two successful DVDs, Live In London and Live Over Europe 2003, and their seventh studio album Full Circle was released in 2005. Their latest album, Mission In Progress, was released on April 15, last year. It includes the singles Faithful and Raid Rootz Dance.
—Additional information from the Internet.