Label
Riddim
Format
Date

Ruff Cutt Records
African Resistance
7" Single
July 3, 2001

Artist & tune

  • Nereus Joseph - African Resistance / Bongo Kanni - Babel City
  • Vivian Jones feat. Levi Jah - Highest Grade / Starkey Banton - Righteousness
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Throughout the years the London-based Ruff Cutt production team has created hit tunes with Jamaican and British artists like for example Michael Rose, Gregory Isaacs, Don Ricardo, Nereus Joseph, Barbara Naps and Peter Hunnigale, Chukki Starr, Freddie McGregor and Glen Washington, to name a few. Especially in the past two years or so the Ruff Cutt crew has produced songs which proved the equal of any Jamaican produced tune. These two double A-sided singles are produced by Anthony "Dancin" Anderson, another one of the great talents to emerge from the Ruff Cutt stable. These well produced singles are further proof of their fine production works. Featured are three well known UK reggae artists Nereus Joseph, Vivian Jones, Starkey Banton and the up-and-coming singjay Bongo Kanni.

Nereus Joseph was one of those local talents and soulful vocalists who emerged on the reggae scene of London in the second half of the eighties. In 1987 Nereus Joseph's debut album "Love's Gotta Take Its Time" appeared on the Fashion Label, catching him in a predominantly lovers mood. However, his follow-up album "Guidance" showed that Nereus Joseph could handle cultural oriented tunes as well. "African Resistance" - taken from his forthcoming album "Hope, Faith & Love" - fully affirms that Nereus Joseph is equally at home with lovers and roots tunes. His distinctive vocal delivery and the lyrical content turns this effort into an excellent roots tune which makes one longing for his new album. Bongo Kanni delivers a solid effort and is certainly an artist to watch for in the near future.

Then Vivian Jones, a sophisticated singer with a warm and soulful voice who has been charting big in England for almost two decades now. He records mainly in England, although he sometimes goes to Jamaica to work with the Island's top producers. Just like Nereus Joseph Vivian Jones has the ability to turn his talents to both matters of the heart and reality material. On his piece for the riddim Vivian Jones extols the virtue of the "Highest Grade". Vivian is in real good shape, and together with Levi Jah, he delivers a very entertaining and solid effort. Starkey Banton - who has gained a loyal fanbase in Africa and Europe due to his ceaseless devotion to truth & rights - shines in "Righteousness", definitely one of his best tunes to date.

Stamped with class all over these four pieces are truly worthwhile checking out!