establishes once again that he is a champion torch bearer for reggae music with his newest
release Realms of Rebel. This crucial RAS Records
album contains 16 tracks which personify the essence of reggae music and rastafari. Rebel
calls for a spiritual awakening on songs like One Love, Brothers,
Who Is and Praises In The Morning, and pleads for moral
upliftment and for people to stand strong on Loyal Soul Jah, Rasta
Right Again and Judgment.
Though Realms of Rebel is Lalibela's
first album in several years, many 7" singles were released during that time, both on
Penthouse and his own Flames Records
label. Several of these are featured on Realms of Rebel, including A
So We Like It, Hypocrites, Queen Divine (Mama),
and Si Jah Esta A Lado De Me, the Spanish version of his big hit "Jah
By My Side" sung over a reggae-mambo-latin rhythm. Be on the lookout for the
video of this song which was just filmed in Puerto Rico.
demonstrates his versatility in riding any rhythm, whether singing over nyahbinghi,
reggae, dancehall or mambo. He has a remarkable ability to merge his roots
rastafarian beliefs with dancehall beats, and projects his convictions and ideologies in
an aura that is authentic and inspiring. "Know your responsibility as well as
your potential and ability" proclaims Rebel.
Dancehall music has often been criticized for its
slackness, disrespect for women and glorification of guns and violence. RAS
Records has recently embarked on a "Clean up the dancehall" campaign.
A (bobo) broom is even included in their promotional materials! With its
conscious lyrics and positive message, Realms of Rebel is a magnificent
contribution to this musical crusade.
In addition to a prolific musical career, Tony
Rebel has also guided many other artists on their musical paths, like Garnett
Silk, Everton Blender, and Jah Mason.
Since 1993, Flames Productions has held Rebel Salute,
the annual celebration of Rebel's earth day that has become the hallmark
of roots concerts Jamaica. The world needs more torch bearers like Tony Rebel.