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Burning Spear Aims to Stay True to Roots Reggae

Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 11 September 1989

THERE IS no more pure exponent of roots reggae than Burning Spear. Reggae has gone through a number of permutations in the 15 years since it came out of Jamaica and began making inroads on the international pop scene. But Spear, who appears with his nine-piece Burning Band at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano tonight, has remained faithful to his equation of hypnotic bass-driven rhythms, flashing horns and studio-enhanced "dub" instrumental sections.

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