And besides, it's not like most of you can understand the bulk of Reggae anyway, right?
Today's track is by Cultura Profética (Prophetic Culture) and places you in a beautiful scene. Translated, La Noche Vibra means The Night Vibrates. Right at the beginning of the song, the silk leading male vocals explain the scenario:
It's 6 in the afternoon
And the sky in the west stings
I look towards the east and to my surprise
A night approaches and conspires
For me to enjoy it sleepless
The chorus sings, to a rough translation "A little rest for the mind and walk", followed by details of where this "walk" leads. If you notice a change in accent, the translated line is sung by Alexandre Carlo from Brazilian Reggae band, Natiruts.
The female chorus are used subtly and perfectly to create a balance. Combined with some musical oddities in the Reggae world, you get something that's just a little different than would normally be expected of a Reggae piece.
The rest of the album follows through with little instrumental details that switch up from the expected sound. It's both refreshing and interesting to the ears.
M.O.T.A. is their 2005 album and in my opinion is the peak of their talents to date. It was on this album that they dared make more notable differences to the genre. An accordion here, some fine piano playing there, changes in classic Reggae guitar riffs and some originality in the bass lines.
It's also an album that triggered a switch for the music I heard. It changed my perspective of what music should be (hopefully for the better) and allowed me to begin setting standards and views on the subject. I hold the album very close to my heart.
Today's song, though catchy in its own light, is also a lot truer to the genre than some others. Songs worth mentioning are Un Deseo (A Wish) for it's delicate flute-work, Yavida, an honest love/admiration song that shows in the music, Canto en la Prisión, a strongly written song (performed by the drummer!) about freedom with the catchiest riff on the album, and Desde mi Silla (From my Seat), a dreamy song that displays the full capacity of the lead's vocals.
I don't expect many to truly enjoy it. As I mentioned above, the lyrics are a large chunk of the magic. The recited poetry is hard to find with such a firm base. But just the same, if today's song caught your attention, it might be wise to look into the album. It's truly beautiful.