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Chaka Demus & Pliers: Maestro's, Bradford

Simon Warner, The Guardian, 10 March 1994

AFTER THE brooding intensity of Shabba Ranks and the controversies engulfing ragga and dancehall generally, it is easy to forget that while reggae has frequently bad political and social messages to impart it has also been a joyous, celebratory music, drawing its power from a surprising mixture of urban myth and mystic religion.

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