Earlier this summer the world was taken aback by the sudden and tragic death of legendary artist and performer, Michael Jackson. In the past month, as everyone has slowly recovered from the shock of his death, Michael Jackson fans have been searching for and creating ways to honor his memory and keep his music alive for the next generation.
It seems that many artists in the reggae world have sought to give Michael Jackson’s songs new meaning and depth, while honoring the late King of Pop. Among Michael Jackson tribute covers there are Tarrus Riley’s “Human Nature” and Shinehead’s “Billie Jean” as well as Luciano’s “We are the World.” “We are the World,” one of Michael Jackson’s more meaningful songs that he wrote along with Lionel Richie for the USA for Africa Foundation, has been reborn as a reggae tribute to Michael Jackson by renowned reggae artist, Luciano.
The “We are the World” reggae cover is being released by DMusic Productions and LionI Recordings and has already begun to cause a stir on YouTube. Fans have left comments saying that this version is “Better than the original!” Michael Jackson’s lyrics easily lend themselves to the humanitarian message of reggae songs, and the smooth, Jamaican style of Luciano’s music seems to take the song even further into its original role of benefiting those in need.
DMusic and LionI records will be releasing a t-shirt dedicated to Michael Jackson, and with the purchase of a t-shirt customers will be able to receive two MP3 versions of the song. A portion of the proceeds will also be going to charity in honor of the late King of Pop.
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