By Howard Campbell—
Belizean singer Eljai pays tribute to reggae royalty on Together Forever , which blends two classic songs. Produced by Murdaben, Together Forever was released on February 6, Bob Marley’s birth date. It came out five days after the birthday of Dennis Brown.
With February also recognized as Reggae Month in Jamaica, Eljai thought it would be appropriate to release his homage. Together Forever combines Bob Marley’s Forever Loving Jah and Dennis Brown’s To The Foundation (Get Myself Together) in one song. It is a testament to the artistes that they were and the crucial catalog of music they gave us, earning them the titles of the King and Crown Prince of Reggae music,” he said.
Forever Loving Jah is from Marley’s album, Uprising, released in 1980, one year before his death from cancer at age 36.
To The Foundation, produced by Gussie Clarke, was initially released in the late 1970s. Another version came out in 1984.
Brown died in 1999 at age 42.
Based in Los Angeles, Eljai started his career in the early 1990’s as a member of Rhythm and Blues trio Belize. The Other Side Of Eljai, his third album, was released last April.