The band’s classic album ‘Kaya’ gets a 40th birthday makeover, but the message of love and peace remains the same
To celebrate 40 years since the release of Kaya, the Marley family, Island Records, and UMC will release a special edition of the record. Featuring a full remix by Stephen “Raga” Marley, alongside the original track listing, which is due out on 24 August.
Stephen uses Marley’s original vocal demos from the Kaya sessions for his remixes. His intentions for Kaya 40 were to stay true to the original sound by using alternative takes recorded at different tempos. The album will be available as a double LP and double CD, with a limited green vinyl also available, but the digital download will only feature Stephen Marley’s mixes.
Kaya includes the classic songs The Sun Is Shining, Easy Skanking, and Is This Love. First time around, the record reached the Top 5 in the UK album chart. Despite its popularity, the band received much criticism for ‘going soft’, as the songs were less militant and more romantic than the band’s previous material. Bob Marley only released two more albums before his death in 1981.
The album is available to pre-order at universalmusicenterprise.com