Righteous, revered and insanely prolific, roots superstar Luciano has released more than 40 LPs in less than 20 years while miraculously escaping overexposure. Maybe miracles come naturally to a man nicknamed “The Messenger.” Tipped to receive the outsized mantle of Bob Marley, Luciano sounds little like the reggae legend, charting his own course through dancehall, roots and soul. A prime mover of the mid-’90s Rasta renaissance, Luciano spurned the glorification of sex, drugs and slackness which then dominated dancehall. Instead, he used his rich and soothing baritone as an instrument of Jah’s will. Today, Luciano continues to sing of spiritual salvation, personal growth and political activism over R&B-infused old school rhythms that recall the glory days of Jamaica’s Studio One. Eschewing the self-righteousness (and gay bashing) of contemporaries like Sizzla, Luciano has shown increasing interest in social justice and a return to Africa. Despite his ongoing evolution, The Messenger stays on message — an epistle about humanity, dignity and spirit.