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    Keith Richards To Release Roots Reggae Album

    October 23 [12:00 EDT] -- There's more to Keith Richards than the Rolling Stones.

    The guitarist has a new album due out this week called "Wingless Angels," which features a style of roots reggae known as "nyabingi." The style combines African hand drumming with chanted hymns and spirituals.

    Justin Hines, of the great reggae vocal group The Dominos, is a member of "Wingless Angels," which Richards recorded two years ago in the hills behind his home in Jamaica. The project began when Richards bought his house there 20 years ago, and some of the instruments on the album took just as long to mature.

    "The original drums fell apart or got sold for various reasons, probably reasons we don't need to know about, so I had a new set made twenty years ago," Keith told MTV News.

    "The guy who made them said, 'These are really good drums. I made the best set, I think, that I've ever made.' And he said, 'But they won't sound good for twenty years.' I cut this record in '95 and the drums were made in '75, and he was right on the dot."

    You can learn all about nyabingi, not to mention the entire history of reggae in an informative new book, "Reggae: A Rough Guide." In it, you'll find everything from ska to dancehall, from Bob Marley to Augustus Pablo.

    In other Stones news, Mick Jagger's throat is back in shape and the band will play live on MTV this Saturday night at 8 pm to make up for the show they had to cancel last week when Jagger got the flu.

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on October 23, 1997

 

Keith Richards To Release Roots Reggae Album

October 23 [12:00 EDT] -- There's more to Keith Richards than the Rolling Stones.

The guitarist has a new album due out this week called "Wingless Angels," which features a style of roots reggae known as "nyabingi." The style combines African hand drumming with chanted hymns and spirituals.

Justin Hines, of the great reggae vocal group The Dominos, is a member of "Wingless Angels," which Richards recorded two years ago in the hills behind his home in Jamaica. The project began when Richards bought his house there 20 years ago, and some of the instruments on the album took just as long to mature.

"The original drums fell apart or got sold for various reasons, probably reasons we don't need to know about, so I had a new set made twenty years ago," Keith told MTV News.

"The guy who made them said, 'These are really good drums. I made the best set, I think, that I've ever made.' And he said, 'But they won't sound good for twenty years.' I cut this record in '95 and the drums were made in '75, and he was right on the dot."

You can learn all about nyabingi, not to mention the entire history of reggae in an informative new book, "Reggae: A Rough Guide." In it, you'll find everything from ska to dancehall, from Bob Marley to Augustus Pablo.

In other Stones news, Mick Jagger's throat is back in shape and the band will play live on MTV this Saturday night at 8 pm to make up for the show they had to cancel last week when Jagger got the flu.

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