Matthew McAnuff is one of the sons of reggae singer Winston McAnuff. He follows in the footsteps of the latter and begins an artistic journey dedicated to Jah Rastafari. Matthew McAnuff is part of the young talents invited in 2009 on the collective project Inna de Yard, like his brother Rashaun ‘Kush’ McAnuff, Derajah Mamby (surnamed ‘Jah Youth’ by Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith), and percussionnist Alphonso ‘Fonso’ Craig.
Matthew McAnuff with Inna de Yard, ‘La Plage Glazart’, Paris 20.07.2010
Matthew only released a handful of singles, among them the nyabinghi flavored ‘Be Careful’ (7’’ single / ‘Inna de Yard’ label / Makasound production), released in 2009.
The very first version of this song has been recorded inna Earl Chinna Smith yard in Kingston in July 2008. Its first release is on the Cd ‘’Earl Chinna Smith & Idrens - Inna De Yard Vol. 2’’.
Earl Chinna Smith & Idrens vol.2 - CD - Makasound/Soundicate IDYCD010
A few months later, it is released on the A SIDE of a 7’’ single produced by the Makasound label, coupled with Derajah’s great song (which became a hit too !), ‘Who Yeah Yah’ on the B SIDE. Both tracks were created together with Earl Chinna Smith.
7’’ single - Label : Inna de Yard – IDY 45T01 – 2009
Matthew McAnuff ‘Be Careful’ (A side) - Derajah ‘Who Yeah Yah’ (B side)
Matthew & Derajah (promo picture) Artwork & design: Kouakou 2010
Another live version of ‘Be Careful’ is on the Cd: "Masters Of Reggae in Acoustic (Live in France)’’ and another different one is on the associated Dvd ‘’live at the Printemps de Bourges" (festival in France) in 2009.
Masters Of Reggae In Acoustic (Live in France) Cd + Dvd (2010)
While on tour in Sweden in 2011, the Inna de Yard crew have had an opportunity to go in the 'See & Hear' studios in Uppsala. They could jam with local musicians and singers. It has been a time for 'Inna de Studio' sessions. As a result, two main songs plus instrumental plus dub versions were recorded and finalised on a Cd/maxi EP.
Matthew sings one of the verses in the song ‘Really & Truly’. He also takes part of the chorus voices in the song ‘Free Up The Herb’. Both tracks are released on the maxi single CD: ‘See and Hear proudly presents Inna de Yard’
Both tracks are released on the maxi single CD: ‘See and Hear proudly presents Inna de Yard’
Tom Fire is in charge of the final mix of the sessions done at Harry J Studio with Roots Radics and Sticky Thompson shortly before his death. Another friend of the family, Fixi adds some touches of his accordion on some tracks.
Matthew McAnuff came from a musical family. His father is Winston McAnuff and his brother, Rashaun “Kush” McAnuff, was a driving force in The Uprising Roots Band. His father has produced most of the album, which also includes talents such as Style Scott and Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace on drums, Dwight Pickney on guitar, and Cedric Myton of The Congos on backing vocals.
'Be Careful' is a logical choice for an album title and the set collects 13 tracks, of which only two have been previously released (‘Be Careful’ and ‘Brainwash’).
Roots reggae is the formula, and a cover version of Hugh Mundell’s ethereal ‘Book of Life’ is included : this is definitively a GREAT roots reggae album !
A true tribute album made with all due respect to this new tragic figure of reggae. ‘Be Careful’ was released in July 2013.
CD promo / CD - Chapter Two 3279792 - Release date: 15.07.2013
‘Be Careful’ album credits list
.2013 Matthew McAnuff - Be Careful -
1) Jah Bless. 2) Midnight Rolling. 3) No Segregation. 4) Make Up Stories. 5) A Little Way Different. 6) Trod On. 7) African Chanting. 8) Book Of Life. 9) Move Out Of Babylon. 10) No Run. 11) I Know. 12) Be Careful. 13) Brainwash (Tom Fire)
( Label : Chapter Two 3279792 - CD Promo / CD - 2013)
Some more songs with featuring or song by Matthew McAnuff are:
‘Good Life’ (feat. Matthew McAnuff) :
Album Soul Sindikate & Dub Trooper Kingston / Nouméa –
Label : Patch Work Production – PWP120701 (2Cd album, digisleeve - 2012)
Video link - Soul Sindikate & Dub Trooper – ‘Good Life’ (feat. Matthew McAnuff) :