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Bob Marley & The Wailers – Kaya

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Kaya is a roots reggae album released by Bob Marley and the Wailers in 1978. The album consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the Exodus album in 1977.

The album has a very relaxed, laid back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. They received criticism for ‘going soft’ as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana.

The album’s release coincided with the One Love Peace Concert, heralding Marley’s triumphant return to Jamaica from exodus in London. Two of the songs are new versions of tracks from the 1971 album Soul Revolution. Well known songs from the album include “Is This Love” and “Satisfy My Soul”. Kaya reached the top five in the UK album charts.

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Description

Prior to Marley’s pop-rock saturated album Survival, Kaya saw the reggae star moving toward the pop genre with pop melodies developing. Kaya contains selections with light subjects as heard in “Easy Skanking”, “Is This Love”, and “Misty Morning”.

Features:
• German Import LP
• 180g Vinyl

AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer

Kaya continues what has become an unspoken tradition in the evolution of Bob Marley & the Wailers discography — blending western sounds and motifs with the icons and traditions from the very core of Jamaican society. In fact, the very word “kaya” is synonymous with marijuana in Rastafarian culture. Likewise, the album Kaya could be easily construed as an open love letter or musical paean to the lifestyle that Marley so eagerly embraced and promoted. Themes of commonality and unity pervade this release more so than previous albums. Likewise, the overt political stances that had become somewhat of a moniker for Marley and the Wailers are temporarily replaced by timeless compositions, such as the eternally optimistic “Easy Skanking” and “Is This Love.” Marley had not — as some proclaimed — gone soft, however. The light, at times practically giddy, rhythms on “Satisfy My Soul” contrast the darker brooding sonic and lyrical images on “Running Away.” The most pressings issues Marley deals with concern ever-increasing spiritual consciousness. Throughout Kaya, humble thanks is offered to, as well as guidance sought from, Jah — evidence that the spirituality that permeates the Wailers music is real and not lip service. Kaya could be considered the oasis before the political and personal eruptions that would inform and influence Marley and the Wailers next studio releases Survival and Uprising. The 2001 “Definitive Remasters” edition of Kaya also includes the non-LP “Smile Jamaica.” Although initially issued as the flip side of “Satisfy My Soul,” the song was recorded more than a year prior to this album, resulting in a somewhat odd juxtaposition.

 

1. Easy Skanking
2. Kaya
3. Sun Is Shining
4. Is This Love
5. Satisfy My Soul
1. She’s Gone
2. Misty Morning
3. Crisis
4. Running Away
5. Time Will Tell

 

 

 

 

Additional information

Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm