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    • 20
    • Oct

    Talisman – New Single – ‘Relijan’ – Jan 20th 2017


      Talisman’s new album “Don’t Play with Fyah” is a revelation. Most bands with a history that stretches back four decades are content to go through the motions, their creative peak somewhere in the past, not Talisman. Their new album includes some of the strongest material they’ve ever recorded, with seven brand new songs and the corresponding dub counter parts; this is their finest album to date.

          The first single taken from this album is “Relijan”, a roots anthem with lyrics that resonate with contemporary relevance whilst the music has the timeless feel of the best seventies roots. This track raises the game for Talisman and puts them on par with such British greats as Aswad, Steel Pulse and Misty in Roots at their best; without doubt destined to be seen as a classic of the genre.

    The single is released as an introduction to the album in the digital format on January 20th 2017. The video has been shot by Michael Jenkins of 8th Sense Media.

         With such strong material we knew we had to pull out all the stops when it came to the final mix and who better than legendary musician, producer, engineer and all round British reggae genius Dennis Bovell (Matumbi, Steel Pulse, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Aswad, Madness, Orange Juice, The Slits, The Pop Group, Arcade Fire, Joss Stone).

     It’s hard to overstate Dennis Bovell’s contribution to British music, reggae in particular and we can’t think of anyone more qualified to mix this track.

           The album includes 14 tracks on the CD and digital download version, there is also a limited edition vinyl LP featuring four of the vocals and their corresponding dub versions, Talisman’s “Don’t Play with Fyah” is released by Sugar Shack Records on March 17th 2017.

     Distribution is by Shellshock/ The Orchard and available from all good digital retailers worldwide.

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    • 03
    • Sep

    Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, Derbyshire 2016


    Reggae legends Black Uhuru flew in from Jamaica for Saturday’s main stage set. Formed in 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica, the very first reggae band to win a Grammy; for their 1983 album “Anthem.”

    They and veteran Bristol reggae band Talisman on Sunday, the perfect sunshine soundtrack. I felt that the UK band pipped their more famous counterparts for energy and material, to be honest. I saw BH back end of the 70s and they were mighty. Talisman has been going since 1977, based in Bristol. They toured with and opened for Bow Wow Wow, Burning Spear, Killing Joke, Bauhaus, The Damned, The Clash and eventually The Rolling Stones. At one University gig when Talisman were supporting Bow Wow Wow, Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren turned up, didn’t like the production and fired everyone, PA, Lighting, Road Crew etc., and the next night a whole new set up was in place.

    Talisman reformed with the original line up after 30 years apart. Their classic 1981 single ‘Dole Age’ was given a new lease of life on a brand new album ‘Dole Age – The 1981 Reggae Collection’, in 2012. Their 1984 debut album ‘Takin The Strain’ also won a re-release. In September 2013, thirty years after they recorded their debut long player, Talisman released their third studio album, ‘I-Surrection.’ Their second album, “Jam Rock,” dropped in 1992. They toured with Two Tone faves The Selecter across 20 dates in 2013.

    Dehvan Othieno on guitar and lead vocal and his colleagues delivered a sparkling set and proved beyond doubt they are one of the best reggae bands on the scene, and even after nearly four decades since their first gigs, they are capable of headline quality performances. Black Uhuru, and I am unsure how many of the band are original members, for me went through the motions and quite a number of the audience wandered away during their set to go eat or take a stroll around the compact site and the various stalls. Not so when Talisman were on stage. Talisman is: Dehvan Othieno, Dennison Joseph on bass & vocals, Pete Fletcher on guitar, Marqus Fyahstyks on drums and Zebbi Holder on keyboards

    Words SIMON REDLEY  http://www.bluesandsoul.com/live_item/359/bearded_theory_festival_catton_hall_derbyshire_2016/

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    • 25
    • Aug

    Talisman New Album


    Hot off the press here’s the tracks for the new album with of course their corresponding dubs to follow when mixed by Dennis Bovell.

    1. Relijan (Bekele Sengor)

    2. Roots Rock Skankin (Bekele Sengor)

    3. Talkin Revolution (Bekele Sengor)

    4. Wheel & Come Again (Bekele Sengor)

    3. Racism Never Sleep (Dennison Joseph)

    6. If Yu Play With Fyah  (Dennison Joseph)

    7. Hear No Evil (Dennison Joseph)

     The working title for the album is ‘If Yu Play With Fyah’

    The band have some more recording lined up for the start of September and them mixing with Dennis in London at the end of Sept.

    The album will be released in the spring of 2017 on Sugar Shack Records

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