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NEW KINGSTON RELEASES VIDEO FOR SINGLE “MYSTERY BABYLON”
The latest video from New Kingston, Mystery Babylon, features Maad T Ray and E.N. Young. The euphoric video, is a glimpse of the group’s Billboard chart-topping album, Kingston City (Easy Star Records).
According to Louder Than War, Mystery Babylon, “oozes genuine feeling and warmth and is one of the album highlights.”
New Kingston’s Kingston City debuted at #1 on the Billboard Reggae chart. Kingston City (released January 27, 2015) is the band’s third studio album and their first release to claim the #1 spot on the Billboard Reggae chart. The album is also their first release on the leading US reggae label Easy Star Records. The family group, which features three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir) and their father, create what Top Shelf Reggae calls, “…a genuine body of work that displays an incredible vocal range, candid lyrics and impressive instrumentals. It gives the listener the sort of meaningful connection and escape that every piece of music should provide.” The new record includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.
New Kingston is a true family affair, featuring three brothers (Stephen, Courtney Jr., and Tahir), who all sing and play instruments, joined by their father, Courtney Sr., who plays bass. With their Jamaican roots, reggae is in the band’s blood, but having grown up in the musical melting pot of New York City, the three brothers bring in plenty of other influences as well. The latest record includes 12 songs and guest appearances by members of Tribal Seeds, Hawaiian singer-songwriter Kimie Miner, Sister Carol, The Wailing Souls, and the late, great reggae legend Sugar Minott.
The song “Protect Me” revolves around the positive message of staying true to your core values especially in the face of the many distractions the universe throws your way. Stephen elaborates, “The song is about protecting yourself from the different entities that take you away from your path and staying strong. It’s asking for protection from a higher force. Tahir’s verse states ‘They try and clip our branches, but can’t kill our roots,’ and this is exactly the statement we want our single and tour to promote.” Don’t miss the opportunity to catch what FDRMX calls, “a refreshing brand of reggae that is as authentically Jamaican as it is refreshingly unique among other U.S. reggae outfits.”
“New Kingston —the reggae power trio consisting of brothers Tahir, Steve and Courtney Panton, Jr.— have gone international, touring the world several times over… and establishing themselves as a self-contained unit with their own original material.” – LargeUp
“This album is the pairing of exceptional musicianship and excellent production along with a guest-list of talent that reads like a reggae legacy spanning decades of genres…Kingston City is beaming with positivity, messages of faith and expressions of love…” – The Pier
“This brother-led group bring an innovative new school approach to live roots reggae – a little like Morgan Heritage or Steel Pulse but definitely pushing their own aesthetic.” – Forward Ever
“Kingston City – is well-crafted and definitely New Kingston’s best album to date.” – United Reggae