Politics is only half the battle

Reggae rebelution: For Jamaican singer-songwriter Tanya Stephens, politics is only half the battle

Tanya Stephens has already been a dancehall diva and a Swedish rock star. So on her extraordinary sixth album, the Jamaican singer-songwriter went for broke. Wearing a red beret and combat fatigues and singing movingly with the kind of sweeping vision that made Bob Marley a world figure, Stephens presents herself as a revolutionary — or more precisely, a rebelutionary.

”Change must come,” Stephens sings not stridently but soulfully, in the plaintive nasal voice that has made her reggae’s strongest artist. She repeats the lyric, for good measure, on Welcome to the Rebelution, the call-to-arms opening track of Rebelution.

One Response to “Politics is only half the battle”

  1. chocolate Says:

    I cried like mad when I left Jamaica to get chocolate, i loved it there. We rode hosres on the beach and I met my husband there.

Leave a Reply