Mar 6, 2013
“Pariah In Transit’s” curious title reflects Taj Weekes & Adowa’s position in the overall reggae narrative, “on the outskirts trying to get in but not really being allowed to. We weren’t born in Jamaica, reggae’s birthplace, which is one of the greatest adversities we face,” explained Taj, a Rastafarian who hails from St. Lucia. Adowa, so named for the first Italian-Ethiopian War that secured Ethiopian sovereignty on March 1, 1896, represents a broad swathe of the Caribbean archipelago with Radss Desiree (Dominica) on bass; Adoni Xavier (Trinidad) guitar, vocals; John Hewitt (Barbados) keyboards, vocals and Cornel Marshall (Jamaica) drums, vocals. “People don’t listen to jazz or rock from just one place so why should we be looking to one geographic location for great reggae music?” Taj asks.
Serving as a vibrant reminder for listeners who have already experienced Taj Weekes & Adowa’s concerts and an unforgettable introduction for those who haven’t, “Pariah In Transit” offers inspired renditions of songs spanning their three albums including “Life”, Taj’s survival story of good conquering evil, from their 2005 debut “Hope & Doubt”; the biblical referenced powerful anti-war anthem “Since Cain”, from “Deidem”, honored as the Best Reggae Album at the Just Plain Folks Music Awards in 2008 and “Rain Rain” from 2010’s “A Waterlogged Soul Kitchen”, an homage to Hurricane Katrina survivors that ranked among many critics best-of lists for that year.
Remember, in all things give thanks. Live…Love…Do…!