At the moment most recognized and respected name in the reggae world that’s coming from the Balkans surely is Nemanja Kojic a.k.a Hornsman Coyote. He’s been contributing so much to the Balkan reggae scene that his legacy will be a inspiration to the future generations that will come. This superb trombonist has built his own style that is known world wide, which was a ladder to legendary reggae stars like Lee Scratch Perry, Max Romeo, Jah Mason, Lutan Fyah as well as many other eminent reggae artists. Here at Balkans he’s most recognized through the hardcore band “Eyesburn”, a band that has a dominant style for Balkans scene. Coyote had many collaborations, strong solo career and he founded a band “Soulcraft”. Using journalism liberty as a shield, I’ll say that Hornsman Coyote and Soulcraft is something that rises evocative feelings, because that was a wonderful combination of instruments, backing vocals, lyrics and great horn section – basically everything that excellent reggae band needed Coyote and Soulcraft did.
After a brief introduction and the inevitable cry of a reggae fan, we’ll jump straight to Coyote’s new, fifteenth, album “Breathing Fyah”. Album consist of six songs and six dub versions. “Breathing Fyah” was recorded in Amsterdam’s “Earth Works” in analogue format produced by Ben King. Coyote and “Earth Works” is now a standard combination and it is no wonder looking at the quality of that work.
Album tracks are: “Feel The Land”, “Rejuvenate”, “Children Of The Millenium”, “No Dog & Bone Blues”, “Buss People”, “Cool Fire” as well as the dub versions of these tracks. Whole album has been back up by the bands “The High Notes”, “The Signal One Band”, “The RAW Rhythm Section”. My personal favorite track on this album is “Buss People” that has a beautiful music harmony as well as lyrics that talk about human rights, humiliation as well as malicious people inside and outside the system. On the other hand “Feel The Land” is a song that more closely resembles today’s situation, and that is a Mother Nature’s warning to the mankind that we’ve crossed the lines and that there are consequences if we do not obey nature’s laws which are the core to our existence. That nature is our master and not the opposite. Viruses, global warming and other disasters are a warning that we must return back to the – Nature: “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.”.
Our impression is that this is a very good and enjoyable album, and also serves as announcement that more is coming from Coyote. And what is on it’s way? Most recent is a collaboration with Micah Shemaiah’s “Bush Tea” as well as a new Hornsman Coyote album recorded in Jamaica’s “Tuff Gong” studio where Bob Marley himself recorded.
Also, as always, we advise to support musicians by buying digital copies of their albums, CDs and Vinyl. Because it means a lot to them. If we are able to pay for various personal vices, then we are certainly able to support the musicians who feed our soul with music. The album can be ordered at this LINK
Author: Jah Tooth