Reggae icon Mykal Rose is set to release his latest solo album Strategy of Rome on June 23rd, 2017. The former lead vocalist of Black Uhuru has been on a songwriting tear, releasing his 3rd album in a year’s span. The 11-track album was produced by Adil “Jahdil” Nadri and Søren “Pharfar” Schou of Ice Drop Records in Denmark.
Mykal Rose has been a leading force in reggae music for nearly 40 years. Widely credited with originating the “tu-tu-tweng” vocal style he made famous, Mykal Rose has one of the most distinct voices in reggae history. Rose wrote dozens of reggae’s all-time greatest songs during his time with Black Uhuru, including staples like “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” and “Shine Eye Gal.” His influence played a critical role in earning Black Uhuru the first ever Grammy Award for Best Reggae Recording (now called Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album) back in 1985. Since departing Black Uhuru, Rose has forged an illustrious solo career, marked by his prolific songwriting and superb collaborations with the likes of Damian Marley, Easy Star All-Stars, Alborosie, Tribal Seeds, and many other top reggae artists.
The Pier last spoke to Mykal Rose after the release of his 2016 album Rasta State. Rose talked about his factory-like production of new songs and his overall love of reggae music, saying, “I record every day! I write songs and make music every single day,” adding, “I and I, rootsy roots. It’s roots music, man! I love what I do, and I share the love with the people out there. One love. Jah Rastafari.”
His latest project, Strategy of Rome was primarily recorded in Denmark during a week-long break from his European tour last summer. The forthcoming album promises heavy drums and bass, with harmonies reminiscent of his days with Black Uhuru. True to form, Rose’s album mixes together feel-good songs, political takes, and weed anthems.
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Watch: Mykal Rose – “Sidewalk Steppa” [Official Video 2016]
Watch: Mykal Rose – “Mr Collie”