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Detroit’s reggae family tree has developed a multitude of branches and these two recordings represent two of its strongest roots. Vocalist Baaqi, a former member of Onxyz and the Nomads -- two ’80s groups -- has flowered with this star-studded collection of strong songs. While the songwriting shows skill -- "Listen to My Heartbeat" is first-class lovers rock – the consciousness themes are repetitive (i.e. "Moving On," "I’m Going Away"). But Baaqi mixes up the sounds so the music stays fresh. Star power helps -- names such as George Clinton, Earl "Chinna" Smith and Detroit gem Ras Kente make everything bloom and grow.

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Larry Gabriel

Larry Gabriel covers cannabis for Metro Times. He also writes the Detroit Watch in the monthly Michigan Cannabis Industries Report. Larry's chapter "Rebirth of Tribe" in the book Heaven Was Detroit, from jazz to hip-hop and beyond chronicles the involvement of Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, Harold McKinney,...
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