Kiddus I is the mysterious figure singing at the start of the film Rockers.
A graduate of Ras Michael's Sons Of Negus, a key member of The Wailers milieu, and a Black Ark artist, his recordings - centred on the Roots Reggae period - are marked by the openness of their musical horizons, and a striking originality and integrity. (Also during this era he was a key voice raised in the Jamaican music industry against political oppression.)
Yet Kiddus I's disdain for careerism has held him back from the spotlight - as so many people in Jamaican music will tell you.
Now, this revelatory, comprehensive retrospective will surely confirm his place amongst the all-time greats of reggae music.
Kiddus I - Give I Strength (Extended Mix) / Version (Extended Mix)This 12 minute version of 'Give I Strength' is different from the one previously appeared on the album ‘Rockers: Graduation In Zion 1978-1979 (DSR-LP-001)’. Kiddus I recorded the song for his debut album 'Jah Power, Jah Glory' but it remained unreleased. The most of recordings he did at this time was very long and Kiddus I recalls this was possible because he used to 'treat' those musicians in a hospitable manner. This allowed musicians to be very improvisational in their playing on songs written by Kiddus I. The B-side version has an instrumental to the A-side.
DRUMS: Carlton "Santa" Davis BASS: Haile Maskel, Leebert"Gibby"Morrison LEAD GUITAR: Earl"Chinna"Smith ORGAN: Earl"Wire"Lindo HARMONIcCA: Jimmy Becker PIANO: Leslie Butler