Chemistry is Everything (Reggae REMIX)


Introducing the multi-genre recording and performing artist Papa Rosko, who released his self-titled debut album on October 16, 2020. Papa Rosko pulls together a wide spectrum of genres on his debut album, fusing elements of rock, pop, alternative, Latin, and country music into a seamless reggae sound.
The self-titled album features collaborations with Reggae legends Toots & The Maytals, reggae and dancehall star Gyptian, and Third World lead singer AJ Brown.

“Papa Rosko comes through with this debut album of originals and covers, where rock, pop, alt-rock, Latin and country traces enter a very well fleshed-out reggae template…the album flows seamlessly from one track to the next, where the myriad of influences ensure a varied and highly enjoyable listen.”

“A reggae reimagining of a Johnny Cash song would be intriguing no matter who made it, but what makes this extra special is the guest appearance of none other than Toots Hibbert of the legendary Toots & the Maytals…The song is a stone cold groover.”
-Glide Magazine on “Folsom Prison Blues”

“We’ve all heard “When You Say Nothing At All”… only this time, it’s dressed to party… With playful keys, lively horns and such a colorful video to boot.”
-Top Shelf Music

““NooZies” opens on a cool drum shuffle rolling into searing guitar licks riding a fat, popping bassline. The melody interlaces flavors of country, rock, and reggae with chanting, rap-lite vocals backed by reggae-laced harmonies, imbuing the lyrics with chiding redress. Following the bridge, a deliciously braying saxophone wails with gusto, injecting the harmonics with burnished zest.

The video is a trip, depicting the exploitative agenda of news programs and reporters, who inflate, distort, and amplify the news to gargantuan dimensions, playing on the fear and anxiety of their viewers.

“NooZies” confronts the news media, challenging them to convey the facts rather than inflammatory innuendo, and does it with potent, swashbuckling music.”

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Rooted in a diverse mix of reggae with rock, Latin, dub, and pop, Papa Rosko’s music blurs the lines between genre and geography. It’s a sound filled with tropical grooves and larger-than-life hooks, created by a singer/songwriter whose background is as multicultural as the songs that fill his self-titled debut.

Years before recording his debut album with help from reggae hit-makers like the legendary Toots & the Maytals’ Toots Hibbert (in one of his final studio appearances), Third World’s AJ Brown, and dancehall artist Gyptian, Papa Rosko grew up on the move. His father’s work required the family to relocate often, and Papa Rosko found himself bouncing between countries like Turkey, the Philippines, Mexico, Canada, and the US. Along the way, he fell in love with the unique sounds of each place he visited, including Caribbean music, which he gleaned from a friend in Canada, an immigrant from Trinidad. That appreciation for a wide range of music would find its way into his own songwriting, with Papa Rosko eventually finding himself in Nashville developing a singular sound that fused reggae rhythms with elements of multiple genres.

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