Keithus releases second album
Roots singer Keithus I's second album, 'Changes', was released on November 20 by VP Records. On it the journeyman artiste retains his passion for message music.
System Set, a song he did with neo-roots singjay Jesse Royal, is the lead track.
"Roots-reggae will always live. It can never die, because it's the sound and words of truth and rights and will always be carried on and upheld by defenders of truths," said a strident
Changes was recorded in Boston and Jamaica. It is his second album. his debut, Then And Now, came out in 2012.
Keithus I, who is in his early '60s, lives in Hartford, Connecticut, which has a sizable Jamaican and Caribbean community. He works as a videographer, but constantly writes and records songs.
That has been a routine for him since the early 1970s, when he was first drawn to the message of acts like the Wailers and Burning Spear.
Born Milton Samuels, Keithus I grew up in the Central Kingston community of Allman Town. He started recording in the mid-1970s with his first released song being Red Hot, which he did with members of the Wailers band.
On Changes, he bridges the generation gap by working with Jesse Royal, a leading figure in the roots-reggae revival.
Traditional Affairs, done with Leba Hibbert, is the album's second