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Toronto Reggae Titans, The Human Rights, Share New Single Featuring Ras Yunchie
By Jason Schneider.
After previewing their hotly anticipated new album Reggae Strong with the single “Peace Gun” this past March, Toronto's leading Roots Reggae band The Human Rights are sharing a new song today from the album, “Workin” ahead of Reggae Strong’s official release on Oct. 1. The single features fellow Toronto Reggae artist Ras Yunchie, one of several guests on the record.
When it comes to Reggae in Canada, few bands do it better—while remaining true to its founding principles—than The Human Rights. Since forming in 2007 around one of the scene’s true lions, Friendlyness (previously of Culture Shock, Truth And Rights and Big Sugar), The Human Rights have developed a modern, high energy sound that blends Roots Reggae with jazz, funk and R&B influences, courtesy of a blazing three-piece horn section and the soulful lead vocals of JUNO nominee Tréson.
On Reggae Strong, The Human Rights more than live up to its title following an extended break since releasing their 2016 self-titled album and the 2018 single “I Need You.” Recorded with JUNO Award-winning producer and former band member Patric McGroarty, and mixed and mastered by renowned Canadian reggae artist Dubmatix, Reggae Strong finds The Human Rights coming as close as they have yet to achieving a truly Canadian Reggae sound.
When asked to describe “Workin”, the band states: “The riddim track was created spontaneously (kinda by accident) by the full band, live off the floor by remixing a different song on a whim. Lightning struck! The groove was so infectious it prompted Friendlyness to write the lyrics on the spot. Ras Yunchie's powerful chant and lyricism pair nicely with those of Tréson and Friendlyness, creating a unique and dynamic sound. 'Workin' depicts the daily, real-life grind of the conscious workin' Reggae musician. All for the love of JAH, live music, and community.”
The Human Rights have performed at major Toronto venues including Roy Thomson Hall, the Sound Academy and Harbourfront Centre, as well as high-profile events across Canada such as the Calgary Reggae Festival. Further, their songs have become staples on Reggae radio shows everywhere, and on CBC programs like Frequencies and Big City, Small World. Fans of the Trailer Park Boys will also know them for their version of the Trailer Park Boys theme song featured in the movie Don’t Legalize It.
With Reggae Strong, The Human Rights have created their finest album to date, while once again proving Reggae’s ability to unite and inspire everyone struggling to get through tough times.