Morgan Heritage return to roots


By: Joseph Cunningham

morgaNhERitage.jpgMorgan Heritage, the "Roots Reggae" Jamaican band, recently completed a tour of Senegal. The group was in Dakar, to be exact, for its first-ever tour of that country.

Concert promoter Fatima Berthe said the quintet performed alongside Senegalese pop and reggae acts such as Carlou D Fafai and Xuman.

"It's the first time they came to Senegal, and their second time in Africa, after going to Cote d'Ivoire in 1995," Berthe said during a radio interview.

Morgan Heritage was accompanied on the tour by Otiyah "Laza" Morgan, who performs with the hip-hop ensemble LMS, and Hawaiian soul-reggae singer Irie Love.

Since debuting in 1992 at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival, Morgan Heritage has built a strong fan following in Senegal, with their recent album Full Circle getting heavy rotation in Dakar, a fortress of African pop music.

Morgan Heritage also met faith leaders, during what Senegalese rapper Lord Aldji Man, a co-organiser of the tour, called a "spiritual return to roots".