Rasta Mon Day [Hugh Mundell – “King of Israel”]

milkchocolat 06/11/2014

Rasta Mon Day [Rasta Monday] was created to celebrate Reggae and Jamaican music. With a focus on Rastafarian influenced sounds, the theme also introduces readers to Ska, Roots, and Rocksteady. It is not centered around the Rastafarian movement or spiritual concepts associated with it. Do fulljoy the sounds, lyrics, and influences of Jamaica’s unique sound.

Hugh Mundell was still a teenager when he teamed with influential producer Joe Gibbs to record a still-unreleased single, “‘Where Is Natty Dread?” However, his first break came when he was hired as a DJ (which in Jamaica, is the MC)  for Augustus Pablo’s Rockers sound system. Synonymous with the Rastafarian and ‘rude bwoy’ movements, Rockers (pronounced “Rockas” ) was a mixture of ska and rocksteady.

Between 1976 and 1978 Mundell and Pablo would lay the tracks for what would ultimately become Mundell’s debut LP “Africa Must Be Free By 1983″. Recording this project at just the tender age of 16, the album received five stars from Rolling Stone magazine and was included in Tom Moon’s 2008 book, 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.

Although produced by Augustus Pablo, Mundell wrote all the songs, thereby earning himself the name “Blessed Youth”.

What seemed likely to be a brilliant career, was cut short when Mundell was shot to death in 1983 while driving in a vehicle with friend and fellow musician Junior Reid in Kingston, Jamaica. At the time of his death, Mundell had produced five LP’s and numerous singles.

Referring to Haile Selassie (Ras Tafari) who is said to be a direct descendent of King David, Mundell sings a hair raising spiritual. As he chants, “I love Jah Jah so,

Fulljoy this Rasta Monday, and the sweet sound of this lifelong classic, Bless up!


 Hugh Mundell - "King of Israel"