The tenth full-length studio album by legendary Jamaican Reggae band.
By 1978, Bob Marley was by far the best-known Reggae musician in the world and a major star in the U.K. and Europe as well as his native Jamaica. However, he was still little more than a cult figure in the United States, and by many accounts Marley was eager to attract a larger audience in America, seeing it as a new challenge.
Released in 1978, "Kaya" wasn't necessarily made with American tastes in mind, but it was an album that presented a more accessible version of Bob Marley. Lyrically, the songs avoided the political commentary or Rastafarian philosophizing that was at the forefront of "Natty Dread" and "Rastaman Vibration", and instead emphasized tunes about love and Ganga, such as "Easy Skanking" and the title cut. And the palpable musical tension that simmered beneath the surface on the Wailers' earlier material gave way to a more laid-back riddim that was more comfortable but a bit less demanding. "Kaya" presented a gentler and friendlier version of Bob Marley & the Wailers, but it also documented Marley and his band at the peak of their abilities. The nuance in Marley's vocals on "Running Away", "She's Gone", and "Is This Love" showed how much he'd grown as a performer since "Catch a Fire", and his passion elevates "Misty Morning" into one of the album's highlights.
"Kaya" is a Roots Reggae album. It consists of tracks recorded alongside those present on the "Exodus" album in 1977.
The album has a very relaxed, laid-back sound, lacking much of the militant quality of the Wailers lyrically and musically. And the ban received criticism for 'going soft' as a result of the general sound of the album as well as the theme: songs primarily revolving around love, as well as marijuana. Though Kaya offered a less aggressive message than one might have expected from Marley, the songs were far from lazy, and "Time Will Tell", "Is This Love", and "Running Away" are resonant, top-shelf work.
The album's release coincided with the One Love Peace Concert, heralding Marley's triumphant return to Jamaica from exodus in London. Two of the songs are new versions of tracks from the 1971 album "Soul Revolution". Well-known songs from the album include "Is This Love" and "Satisfy My Soul". "Kaya" reached the top five in the UK album charts.
"Kaya" was a minor effort for Bob Marley as a prophet or a commentator, but it's a rich and rewarding set from Marley the musician!!
Limited Edition remastered 180 g Heavyweight Vinyl re-release includes a voucher to download MP3 version of the album.
Tuff Gong/Island Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc., 1978/2015 (602547276261). Made in Holland.
1. Easy Skanking 2:53
2. Kaya 3:15
3. Is This Love 3:52
4. Sun Is Shining 4:58
5. Satisfy My Soul 4:30
6. She's Gone 2:25
7. Misty Morning 3:32
8. Crisis 3:54
9. Running Away 4:15
10. Time Will Tell 3:25
Total playing time: 36:59 min.