April 20 each year is ingrained in pop culture as a day of international appreciation for the beloved cannabis plant. This year, while most people lauded it entirely for its psychoactive purpose, singer Jah9 took a different route, deliberately releasing an educational mixtape called For The Love Of Kush: Demystification Of The Herb, which features University of the West Indies lecturer, Dr. K’adamawe K’nife.
K’nife cuts through confusion and misinformation like a Walter Rodney, taking us toward the very core of ganja’s industrial, medicinal and, yes, psychoactive properties. Meanwhile, ganja themed selections mixed by Kingston Dub Club’s Gabre Selassie complement the reasoning with tunes ranging from foundation classics to hits from the current Revival era. Download the free mixtape here.
After being edutained, ones are welcome to watch a special acoustic video for Jah9′s track, ‘Taken Up.’ This brand new visual representation of one of her debut album’s favored tracks was created specifically as part of what she terms the “Healing of the Nation” campaign, which has already been featured on High Times magazine’s website. On keys is ATiiBA, one of the singer’s musical mentors.
Overall, this is a great effort and example of artistic activism. Jah9 gone a lead!
Article courtesy of Dutty Bookman - www.reggae-revival.com