The smooth crooner is gone. I've been playing a lot of Isaacs' stuff lately, along with Black Uhuru, Burning Spear and Bob, because I'm exploring my own political awakenings and turn toward black nationalism. Because of the Rastafarian influence, so much of reggae feels like a Pan-African creation myth.


Regard to Isaacs' family and friends. The man really was smooth.

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