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Morgan Heritage bridges Africa, Jamaica on ‘The Homeland’

Grammy Museum LA welcomes group for The Drop Series

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2023 | 12:09 AM
From left: Gramps, Mojo and Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage.
From left: Gramps, Mojo and Peetah Morgan of Morgan Heritage.

Grammy award-winning reggae group, Morgan Heritage, currently comprising Peetah Morgan, Gramps Morgan, and Mr Mojo, all children of late reggae great, Ras Denroy Morgan, will release their new studio album, The Homeland, on April 21.

The 21-track collection, the group’s first since their father’s passing last year, marks a new era for Morgan Heritage, as they expand their global reach from the Caribbean to the continent and beyond, with guest contributions from Popcaan, Youssou N’Dour, Shaggy, Beenie Man, Shatta Wale, Mádé Kuti, and more.

This album is described as “a project of rebirth for the Morgan brothers, built upon a lineage that has lasted decades and one that will continue to forge forward”.

Musically, they take the listener on a journey that not only reminds them of days past, but the future ahead.

The Homeland kicks off a busy year for Morgan Heritage, who will also appear at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and tour the globe later this year.

To accompany the album announcement, Morgan Heritage has shared lead single Who Deh Like U, featuring Bounty Killer, Cham and Stonebwoy.

“It’s hard to find anyone to compare to you. Even from a million miles away your value will never diminish because you are so unique,” said Mojo Morgan about the meaning of the track.

This announcement comes after a successful release of their first single and video, Just A Number, a track which serves as an awareness anthem, sparking conversation around the topic of cancel culture and the ephemeral nature of fame. The accompanying music video was directed by Samo (Koffee, Chronixx, Protoje), and filmed at Independence Park in Kingston.

On March 28, Morgan Heritage will be at the Grammy Museum (at LA Live) as guests for The Drop Series. This is set to kickstart the band’s global promotional tour, with planned stops in Los Angeles, New York, England, Germany, France, Uganda and Ghana.

Heralded as the ‘Royal Family of Reggae’, Morgan Heritage has released 12 studio albums, including Strictly Roots, which won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album. With a career spanning over two decades, Morgan Heritage has worked with numerous multi-Grammy award-winning artistes and producers across multiple genres of music. Along with the group’s global success, they also command a significant sonic impact over the reggae genre, fusing it with various rhythms and sounds from around the world. They bring a rivetting stage presence and showmanship to the culture which has made them synonymous with reggae’s worldwide appeal.