Wake Up inna Kingston

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about

The first album produced by the Bassplate Records, from Italy, is a collaboration with the talented emerging German/Indonesian artist, Tóke.
Once again is the motherland of reggae, that nurtures creativity and
encounters: Mikey Tuff (label co-founder and riddim builder) and Tóke met in Kingston during a long and very productive stay on the island, that brought inspiration and creativity.
Thanks to the affinity between the vibes and riddims from the label and the artist sensitivity, the idea of producing an album out of this experience, came naturally.
“Wake Up Inna Kingston” was recorded in Bologna at Studio61 by Adriano Ippolito (label co-founder and sound engineer): there Tóke recorded the vocals and enriched Bassplate riddims with precious instrumentals overdubs. The album features Jamaican artists like Conkarah, Infinite, Exile the Brave and the Indonesian Ras Muhamad, the reggae ambassador of southeast Asia.
The sound of the album is the one that mark out Bassplate Records productions: the riddims are heavily inspired by jamaican music from the seventies and eighties and are built with the combined use of real instruments, vintage outboards and plugins, always looking for the warm analog sound from the past.
Tóke showcases his writing skills in different topics that range from a storytelling about the music daily living in Kingston in Frizzle, album’s manifesto, to the deep farewell ballad Movements, touching intimate self thoughs in No One, Running Away or Talkin’ Bout You, and social commentaries in Open the World and Respect.
The artwork has been curated by Simonluca Spadanuda (Urbanmagic) and is composed by nine different original illustrations representing the album and songs’ philosophy. Each drawings was realized using a mixture of traditional and digital techniques.
The eight tracks that compose the album, enlighten Tóke fresh touch and the high quality of Bassplate productions: the entire work has indeed an international reggae flavour but does not cease to connect to the land that gave birth to this music.
“Wake Up Inna Kingston” tour will kick off in May, 12 in Hamburg with several dates already confirmed.

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released May 4, 2016

All vocal and instruments tracks recorded at Studio 61, Bologna, Italy by Adriano Ippolito
except
Exile Di Brave and Infinite recorded in Kingston, Jamaica
Conkarah recorded in Papua New Guinea
Ras Muhamad recorded in Jakarta, Indonesia

Mixed at Duna Studio, Russi, Italy by Adriano Ippolito
Mastered at Hot Pot Recordings, Bologna, Italy by Adriano Ippolito

Artwork by Simonluca Spadanuda

Produced by Bassplate Records
Executive production Francesco Kalafi Posca & Bassplate Records

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Track Name: Frizzle
Give thanks Jamaica!
Bare vibez ina di place
Even though tings so ruff
you keep dat smile deh pon yuh face
Now this likkle tune‘s about a feeling dat you gave to me
It call frizzle you see!

Frizzle! Dung ina Jamrock
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
No matter whether steppas, rockers or one drop
Mi seh jamaican vibez deh pon top
Frizzle! Dung inna Jamdung
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
at times sweet like a rose then yuh hear a one shot
still jamaican vibez deh pon top

Wake up inna Kingston,
Charlemont Avenue mi a sing from
di jelly tree ina mi yard inspire mi fi sing songs
a so mi know seh mi have di reggae syndrome
a blessing fi be right here ina di reggae kingdom
DING DONG! Dat a di sound at di gate
Mikey Tuff a wait and him tell mi seh nuh fi late
so mek we forward link Infinite and Kazam a Papine
Bare jamminz a gwaan
now if yuh know now what I mean
A so we jammin‘ and jammin‘ straight through di night
vibez way up and di groove is right
conscious reasoning just blew mi mind
di herb a blaze and it feel super nice
While dung ina di valley mi hear di people a cry
see dem a ball another youth just died -
why did he loose his life? guns police a utilitize
cah dem hungry cyaan find no food fi spice

Frizzle! Dung ina Jamrock
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
No matter whether steppas, rockers or one drop
Mi seh jamaican vibez deh pon top
Frizzle! Dung inna Jamdung
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
at times sweet like a rose then yuh hear a one shot
still jamaican vibez deh pon top

Link up wid Torch, him carry mi dung a Trenchtown
See poverty a lick dem so a nuff a dem frown
still di spirit way up, and it haffi stay up
so when di sky a grey up, music a play - sun come out!
Catch a taxi go a Halfway Tree
St. Andrew park a where mi heart may be
Because Ina De Yard session a gwaan daily
so mi seh grab di Kette Drum right now cyaan lazy
Again we jammin‘ and jammin‘ straight through the night
Uncle Chinna know how fi groove it right
mi haffi give thanks fi di lessons and di inspiration
Jesse deya we a hold a vibez yeah
we singing „Woke up this morning feeling so blessed“
and then the rain start fall while we a chant dem song ya
wid a warm feeling ina we chest! A dat we call…

Frizzle! Dung ina Jamrock
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
No matter whether steppas, rockers or one drop
Mi seh jamaican vibez deh pon top
Frizzle! Dung inna Jamdung
Frizzle! Bare reggae music non stop
at times sweet like a rose then yuh hear a one shot
still jamaican vibez deh pon top

Last stop Crossroads, Regal Plaza
another Thursday night mek we see wha gwaan ya
even BBC know dat EDB
know fi ram di dancehall quite easily
inna original style
T.J. grab di mic and di whole place tun wild
Naoto spin di vinyl from a 8 till a night
mi spot Braveheart, Mikey, Kazam and Infinite
T.J. a start wid „Original, originality!“
Kazam sing ancient warrior and bun out vanity
Braveheart bring a boomtune like Hungry but
di dance ram when Infinite sing Country bus!
And then mi step pon da mic and seh
mi haffi give thanks
but mi haffi move on to a physical distance
but dem vibes ya mi a love
and will forever keep inna mi heart
pon every journey every trod mi a carry dis ya...
Track Name: Conscious Vibe feat. Exile Di Brave and Infinite
Tóke:
Hello Infinite and Mr. Tóke pon di case and
welcome pon stage man called Exile Di Brave
can you feel dis? Cyaan believe it but real dis
Go lock it of and then seal this - selectah pull up and then
wheel dis. WHEEL DIS!
REALNESS a dat wi a stand for and a nuh Jesus
been carrying dat philosophy from when I was a fetus
dis world ya ina mess - I‘n‘I a come fi heal dis
wid lyrics instead of violence mi seh fi mi a good deal dis
Consciousness wi haffi feed di people and
by these means wi ago free di people of
mental restraints like greed and evil
and then mek dem fly high like Evil Knievel
From Jamrock, Italy, Germany to Indonesia, seet ya!
Reggae music it already reach far
so now united we stand bringing you this special feature
Braveheart whe yuh seh mi teacha?

We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
ready fi start di fyah cah di lamp just light . bidibang!
We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
Babylon a fret now cah dem plan a capsize

Exile Di Brave:
When di needle touch record
Life gets less hard
then mi get a next call
so mi haffi left yard
Tafari bless all so mi know mi well charge
fi do Jah works because a righteousness wi prefer
di youth dem evolve to another level
don‘t get it twisted I’m a Lion not a Leopard
never left di roots becah from deh so tings tek off
di music get a upgrade to mi it just a enhance
We keep on doing Jah works in every verse
recite uplifting words when we rehearse
and spread the message to every corner every curve
righteousness a surface pon di earth
to a beautiful child yes my mama give birth
find yourself a do di wrong ting and it shall reverse
Brave, Infinite and Tóke ready fi do di works
am I my brother’s keeper mi nah go dish yuh dirt

We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
ready fi start di fyah cah di lamp just light . bidibang!
We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
Babylon a fret now cah dem plan a capsize

Inifinite:
Mi mek a step inna di streets riddim a beat,
blow some trees inna di sky, ay, ay, ay
nobody grieve nobody cry, di creator never deny
always give you blessings from you try, ay, ay, ay, ay,
it‘s real life not sci fi
bude bye bye bye bye
mi nah waan hear no shot fly
mi nah waan see those fat guys
who waan bring those samfies
dem testing neva resting like mosquitos, cockroaches
god damn sunflies
by di sweat of your brow yuh shall rise
because di youth dem a search fi a chance
and a Reggae music close to di heart
so wi play from the club to the street to the park
from the strong to di weak to di meek of heart
di clock it a tick and di reggae a tip a di top
good fi yuh nerves like yuh drink soursop
alpha omega a jah power dat
rain it a fall and a jah shower dat
trees a grow dem nah go stop
whole leap a blessings and food fe di pot
mama a rock, papa a rock
sista a rock, bredda a rock
di lyrics it a clap so cool and relax
keys and guitsy it a play
di drum and di bassie just a knock!

We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
ready fi start di fyah cah di lamp just light . bidibang!
We giving you dis Conscious Vibe
and everytime we kick dem in original style
knowledge affi share and everyone must wise
Babylon a fret now cah dem plan a capsize
Track Name: No One
No one can pollute my soul, now mi deya pon di control
No one can pollute my soul,
no bother bout di glitter and di gold
Mi seh no matter whe dem say
and no matter whe dem pay
No one can pollute my soul, my soul...

More time ina mi life it kinda hard enuh
fi walk straight and wid mi head tall enuh
dem seh yuh ago be di next big star enuh
voice a tune yuh ago mek it to di charts enuh
While mi know seh di music jus a start fi grow
and di lyrics whe mi sing still have far fi go
fi reach a stage whe mi truly seh dem badd enuh
pon dis ya path nuff work fi do
And I feel these expectations pressuring me
they won‘t let me be free mek mi fret and believe dat mi
haffi walk di road whe dem a see mi
like di fools dem whe deh pon TV
So while I - see these developments it kinda creepy
mechanisms ina di market dutty like fieces - YUCK!
So I move to where mi inner peace be
between blue rivers and green leaves

No one can pollute my soul, now mi deya pon di control
No one can pollute my soul,
no bother bout di glitter and di gold
Mi seh no matter whe dem say
and no matter whe dem pay
No one can pollute my soul, my soul...

Ina di hills whe mi a step
fi cool dung mi nerves and fi hold a proper meds
fi release di pressure and fi relieve di stress
fi free up mi mind and fi tek a deep breath
Cah mi nah waan fi bother bout di fortune and di fame
then get lost in the game and get caught in mainstream
but what if disya certain way whe mi say
a dem say whe mi pave, is it lame and a shame?
And what if, dis a whe mi heart truly aim for
is it the path whe mi should stay pon?
Stay strong, march wid mi cape on straight on
Will I still be singing the same songs?
Sometimes mi faith mi a wait for
and mi inner strength mi a pray for
so right ya now mi ago shout dis straight,
nah doubt dis mayne
nobody coulda out dis flame!

No one can pollute my soul, now mi deya pon di control
No one can pollute my soul,
no bother bout di glitter and di gold
Mi seh no matter whe dem say
and no matter whe dem pay
No one can pollute my soul, my soul…

Focus on di energy ina mi heart
Erase di expectations out of mi thoughts
Now thru these ruff times I a gather all mi powers
keep di fyah blazing on and on
Because a you decide yuh destiny
and just a we alone know whe best fi we
so when your spirit down and its about to break
look ina yuh self and mek dem know seh…

No one can pollute my soul, now mi deya pon di control
No one can pollute my soul,
no bother bout di glitter and di gold
Mi seh no matter whe dem say
and no matter whe dem pay
No one can pollute my soul, my soul…
Track Name: Respect feat. Conkarah
Tóke:
Big up to di farmerman and any kind of helper
to any volunteer and to any street vender
garbage man and fruitseller
because a you a di one whe mek dis world truly better
none a di stars on TV whe pop up pon yuh screen
are better, more beautiful or superior you see?
eventhough this is what media wants us to believe
but at the end of the day we‘re all human beings
see nuff a dem a work hard but a nuff dem nah see it
dem stand ina di background far away from any tweet,
yeh yeh yeh yeh!
so while di stars a shine bright pon stage
dem outside ina di shade working minimum wage
some people a gwaan like there‘s a ranking between you and me
but there‘s no you and me, there‘s only UNITY
so if we choose to be one with all human beings
dat a di way wi ago set all humans free
mi seh

RESPECT to all di hard working people dem
RESPECT from a unity yuh a defend
RESPECT from yuh nah stand ina di spotlight
you work so hard but it come in like dem nah recognize
RESPECT - can‘t you see dat all a we are equal?

Conkarah:
Tell dem a Conkarah pon di mic and mi seh respect due
to each and every youth a hustle pon di avenue
to make an honest living mek yuh dreams come true
work hard fi whe ya want dat is nuttin new
well a nuff a dem nah see yuh and yuh daily struggle
from morning till evening yuh hustle and bustle
yuh nah watch yuh face every mickle mek muckle
dem nah go pree how much dem need you
Cah dem nah see you
when yuh a sweep up di street
Cah dem nah see you
yuh nah have no shoes pon yuh feet
Cah dem nah see you
eventhough yuh heart clean
no dem nah see you
talk to dem Tóke!

Hold on despite di lacking appreciation
stand strong and let dis music be inspiration,
yeah hold on despite di lacking appreciation
stand strong and let dis music be inspiration, yeah!

Tóke:
You see respect‘s about acknowledging the other one‘s side
the other one‘s mind, not to forget the other one‘s pride
recognizing and accepting of the other one‘s life
and di decisions whe him mek a fi him own a choice see
peaceful coexistence we haffi nurture it
and di lacking of respect dat a murder it
so as long as I don‘t harm you beg you respect me
that‘s how easy respect be
Track Name: Open the World feat Ras Muhamad
Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town!
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!
Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!

Tóke:
I man a world citizen,
no bother come with your division
mi nah believe in nations nor religions
same way mi nah believe in race
cause a these are di tings whe facilitate killings
and eliminate di bridge instead of building it
isolate we apart in di images
separating di parts never bridging dem
see never hate in di hearts of mi bredren dem
I believe in socialization
of course it matters where you live or you came from
di environment where you grow up
a di striking point whe shape yuh behaviour
so mek me get rid a di papers
we nah go let dem break us today
all together and courageous - cho!
See the world is connected,
what goes around comes around
you throw up a stone mi seh it must come down
so every step that you take, a reaction awaits
so don‘t forget we troddin‘ pon di same way!

Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town!
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!
Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!

Ras Muhamad:
Open the world and come
uplift the people dem with music
life coulda never be mastered, you and I forever students
searching for meaning of what’s really to be human?
while some run di world and turn it into ruins.
dem ride ina egoptrip
ina di name of Allah or Elohim
want the world to see thru dem evil lense
black and white, limited sight. dem see no thing
never see the spectrum, heap of mess run
teach deception, we keep a distance
gideon come, tell me who could withstand?
show more love and the world would live long
no run to dem, we ah go stay far, stay far
any time dem wan fi wage war, wage war
they are so greedy, dem ah take all, take all
so fly di gate and open the world!
we nah agree to dem murder business
or end up in a dem long hitlist
waan run the world like your name Gengis
no waan the people dem co-exist
we work for world-citizenship
fight until the wicked elements quit
hatred n prejudice get dismissed
His Majesty ah di wise Kingship.

Eyah, Eyah, Eyah, Eyah!
Eyah, Eyah, Eyah, Eyah!
Eyah, Eyah, Eyah, Eyah!
Eyah, Eyah, Eyah, Eyah!

Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town!
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!
Open the world, shut the borders down
and tell every boy and girl,
wake up the people all over town
tell dem seh we moving, moving, moving, moving!

Tóke:
Well this sound travel from Jamrock,
to Italy, to Germany to Indonesia
Music is a border-free zone
so wi seh open the world - yeah!
Ras Muhamad salam damai
Indonesia salam damai
Jakarta salam damai - yeah!
Track Name: Talkin' Bout You
You hear them talkin‘ bout you...
chattin‘ all over the place
talkin‘ bout you...
but then dem smile ina yuh face
talkin‘ bout you...
they come and tell you seh yuh great
Talkin‘ bout you... but then dem mind it full a hate

Hear dem a chat, dem a chat wid dem mouth full a crap
and it come in like dem neva coulda stop
Seet deh she hot and him fat, ugly like a rat
bare stories dem a tell wid no plot
dis is not a bout facts - rumours dem a fire like shots
killin‘ di vibe like a hunter kill a fox
see dem a spread out and annoy like a swarm full a
wasps in search fi di money and di rocks - ey!
Mi affi wonder bout di people dem
whe spread lies morning to evening
it‘s the need for greed that is feeding dem
their personal advantage dem seeking then
lacking self confidence just beating dem
and if you deh pon top dem waan be yuh friend
but when you hold a proper reasoning
you gwaan seet then
dem fake like maggi seasoning

You hear them talkin‘ bout you...
chattin‘ all over the place
talkin‘ bout you...
but then dem smile ina yuh face
talkin‘ bout you...
they come and tell you seh yuh great
Talkin‘ bout you... but then dem mind it full a hate

I know you‘re just a soul crying for help
compensating it with the stories that you tell
but if you don‘t learn to keep things for yourself
people will realize and then make your life hell
So fyah man a blaze pon dem
music a mi weapon so mi affi fling
di treble and di bass pon dem
based on di way dem behave and whe dem seh
you coulda sure seh dem neva pass di age of ten
mi have a rage pon dem cah fi reach a certain stage
dem a play dem likkle play and keep di place haunted
don‘t you see what is going on?

You hear them talkin‘ bout you...
chattin‘ all over the place
talkin‘ bout you...
but then dem smile ina yuh face
talkin‘ bout you...
they come and tell you seh yuh great
Talkin‘ bout you... but then dem mind it full a hate

Your mouth ago put you ina problems
So tell mi how you ago solve dem?
You better be careful who you par wid...
Track Name: Running Away
We running we running we running around
in circles yeah
We running we running we running around
in circles yeah
The burning heat of devastation a rise
and tek over mi body till mi cyaan sleep a night
and mi feel how it a melt mi soul to a point
dat it a drippedi-drip-drop like the tears from my eyes

Said I‘m running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
Running away
yes I‘m hiding now
Running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
yes I‘m hiding now

Right ya now mi need a hideaway
at place well far away
need some peace of mind right away
searching for a brighter day
these darkest clouds they all are guiding me
and every powers try fi fightin me
mi tell yuh dis a frighten me
because mi tired of these fights today
nuttin in my mind left to say - yep touché
devastated need a power to enlighten me a
nd then help mi find a way

Said I‘m running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
Running away
yes I‘m hiding now
Running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
yes I‘m hiding now

The burning heat of devastation a rise
and tek over mi body till mi cyaan sleep a night
and mi feel how it a melt mi soul to a point
dat it a drippedi-drip-drop like the tears from my eyes
And dis a kill mi inside
inna dis ocean I‘m drowning where‘s my will to survive?
now till I arrive at di shore of resperation I try
fi left behind di desperation and rise

And hold a deep meditation and fly
to a place in my mind wid no space and no time
now amazed by the sight far away from the haste and the crimes,
the hate and the lies

Said I‘m running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
Running away
yes I‘m hiding now
Running away
to a place where nobody can find me now
yes I‘m hiding now

Said I‘m running away
Said I‘m running away
Said I‘m running away yeah...
Said I‘m running away
Said I‘m running away
Said I‘m running away yeah...

I‘m troddin‘ on step by step
No dem couldn‘t break my meds
mi seh mi troddin‘ on step by step
No dem couldn‘t break my meds
Track Name: Movements
Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way
Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way

I‘m setting sail casting off today
sharpen my thoughts, try not to be afraid
and though I know it‘s a stormy way
I make this step cause I feel it‘s the right one, yeah...
I‘m casting off leaving the harbour behind
good bye you safe shore it might be a while
the ocean‘s shaking and the waves real high
still I know this is the right time

Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way
Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way

See the storm nearly kicked me off my boat today
I held on to my vision held on to my faith
this open sea is mysterious indeed
at times dangerous and yet so free Yes so free...

Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way
Movements! Yes I am setting sail now
Movements! And it‘s gonna be a long long way

Yes I‘m free...