One of my new favorite artists K’Naan, along with producer J.Period have released a wonderful collections of albums entitled The Messengers, which pay tribute to Bob Dylan, Fela Kuti and Bob Marley.
…paying tribute to the lasting legacy of these musical giants. Weaving afro-beat, reggae, ska, folk music and rock into this genre-bending musical experience, The Messengers stretches the boundaries of hip hop—and the mixtape genre itself. Remixing the classic work of Fela, Marley and Dylan, The Messengers captures the timelessness of their sounds and the continued urgency of their messages. The result, as fans have come to expect from J.Period, is like no mixtape you’ve ever heard.
I’ve been listening to all the albums for a couple of days now and have to say that their unique sound and message is something I have not heard before. With a fresh take on these old tracks, K’Naan and J.Period have also managed to include historical lessons throughout the albums. You can download all 3 albums for free.