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Simone than to normal reggae crooning. Sorry, but humility is all this usually adamant unbeliever can muster in this particular case.” Rick Anderson of All Music captures the essence of what makes Mundell so great on this album: “Mundell's artlessly fervent singing is attractive far out of proportion to his technical skill. It's the sincerity and devotion in his voice that make successes of songs like ‘Let's All Unite’ and ‘My Mind’ -- that and the rock-solid instrumental backing of Pablo's studio band, which at this time included bassist and trombonist Leroy ‘Horsemouth’ Wallace and guitarists Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith and Jeffrey Chung.” “Africa is a title given to a certain set of people. Life first begin from there in the Garden of Eden. And saying Africa must be free, not only dealing with the Africans that live in Africa, but we’re dealing with each and everyone that accept themselves as African, or an Ethiopian.” Hugh Mundell, Black Echoes, November 8, 1980 I’ve often struggled with what it is that makes Mundell’s music so appealing. What is it that makes his message resonate with fans who seemingly have little at stake in his struggle? What is it that makes Mundell such an effective messenger? Of course Mundell has a great voice. In addition, he sings with a sincerity, authenticity, and weight that is unparalelled for an artist his age. However, it is the naivité of hope – the fact that such a powerful lyric emerges from the innocence of his youth – that really hammers the message home. How does a 14-year old boy know about the punishing effect of capitalism on the poor? Why is he concerning himself with such thoughts? This is what gives weight to his words. As a society, we reserve special consideration for the innocence of youth. We protect our children from the perceived ills and injustices in the world until they are mature enough to observe and comprehend them on their own. It is therefore striking to hear a 14-year old boy sing with such passion and understanding about the worst things in life. Notable reggae historian, author and producer of Blood and Fire fame, Steve Barrow, attributes much of Mundell’s success to Pablo’s innovative production. He discussed his thoughts in an interviewconducted for this piece. “For me, it's all about the production by Pablo. I don't think that Mundell's much of a singer - in the sense that great soulful and expressive vocalists like Delroy Wilson Alton Ellis, John Holt, Ken Boothe and Slim Smith certainly are [or were]. He's a roots chanter, but a good one, up there with Spear, or Prince Alla, or even Bob Marley. That's how I see them - as chanters - limited as vocalists, but great at getting their message across. In fact, with them and others of that type, the message is often more 'important' than the execution. In that sense, Mundell - for me - is definitely in that category. I also think that [Mundell’s] own attempts at production were nowhere near as successful as the Pablo set...and Africa Must Be Free By 1983 remains a great album, one of the 100 best works of Jamaican music.” “So When really reasoning or singing, is just a universal thing, not really just for one set of people, but for everyone.” Hugh Mundell, Black Echoes, November 8, 1980

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