Reggae singer records bilingual song


March 18, 2016
Contributed Orthodox Issachar

'Kuch Bel', the latest single from roots reggae singer and songwriter, Orthodox Issachar, is recorded in a mixture of Jamaican English and Amharic, the native language of Ethiopia.

The song reflects the artiste's love for Ethiopia, a country he has been visiting for 30 years and of which he is now officially a resident.

Kuch Bel, which is Amharic for 'sit down', is a message telling all people to be humble, patient and wait upon Jah, the liner notes on the neatly packaged single-song disc state.

Issachar, who recently returned from Shashemane - home to many Jamaicans since the late 1960s - where he performed at the Bob Marley tribute, says he has high expectations for the Sangie Davis-produced single. It is being played on radio in Montreal where he lives, in Ethiopia, and is about to hit the local airwaves, as many disc jockeys now have it in their possession.

"I am expecting a lot of love here in Jamaica, and I am already thanking those disc jocks who will find it possible to add it to their playlist," the Rastafarian singer declared.

He disclosed that Kuch Bel was recorded two years ago at Tuff Gong Studio in Kingston. The accompanying music video, which was filmed in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa and Shashemane, features some of the children from the school established by the Twelve Tribes of Israel in Shashemane, singing in their native Amharic.

A devout Twelve Tribe member, Issachar will wind up his short visit to Jamaica next week and head to Canada, from where he will fly out for an important event - the 40th anniversary of the Twelve Tribe organisation in Manchester, England. The celebration takes place between April 6-9.

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