Uwe Banton postponed the release of his new album "Mental War" but the wait has been worth it. And thanks to both the single "Work" feat. Mikey General and the video clip having already been on the streets prior to the album release, it has started to gain somewide recognition.
Every day, we find ourselves under constant fire by the media. We see images of wars, starving children, politicians in heavy limousines, garnished with half-witted gossip. What can we believe, what is propaganda?
If you open a newspaper or switch on the TV, you consider yourself already one step closer to mental hospital. Uwe Banton talks about a "Mental War" led by the media. And gives us worldly-wise and eased support with the album of the same name to survive this war intact, support to win the spiritual war of "light against darkness, truth against falsehood, reality against propaganda."
In 1985, the Rasta from Bielefeld toasted for the first time in a club. Since 1992, he plays with a band – for a long time with the project Movements. In 2004, Uwe Banton decided to pursue a solo career. With success: Thanks to countless, always compelling shows and releases at a continuously high level he won a steadily growing fan base. After Jah Roots ( 2006) and Rightful Place (2009), he now presents his third album.
"Mental War" contains more Uwe Banton than his previous works: to a large extent, Banton produced it himself; many riddims are not off the rack, but original compositions. For this, Banton worked with some of the most talented and experienced reggae musicians in Germany: Giuseppe "Big Finga" Coppola and Florian "Stahl" Münzer regularly tour with Gentleman and manifest impressively together with Banton the progress the German reggae scene has made in recent years.
In particular, Keith "Roughhouse" Powell has his hand in it. The bassist of German hip hop big shot Sammy Deluxe has earned his stripes as a producer, too. Berlin-based reggae singer Ganjaman put the finishing touches on the album as sound engineer.