Germaican Records International
Messer Banzai
7" Single
April 19, 2005

Artist & tune

  • Sizzla - It's Appropriate / Messer Banzani - Messer Banzani Version
  • Vybz Kartel - If U Man Nah Sow No Seed / Messer Banzani - Messer Banzani Version
  • Cobra - Gangster Role / Ill Inspecta & Bobby Buster (aka German Scout) - All A Di Gal Dem
  • Capleton - Step 2 The Fire / Dr. Ring Ding Dancehall Fieber (Wer Kennt Die Frau?)
  • Gregory Isaacs - Margeret / 4th St. Sista - Can You Feel It
  • Admiral Tibet - If I Love You And You Love Me / Liquid - Get The Party Started
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The "Messer Banzani" - the 'Germaican Jubilee Riddim' and also latest riddim masterminded by Lanni "Pionear" Topp - is called after the band of which Pionear and Tom Topp were member, and from the ashes of which the now much acclaimed Germaican Records was the Phoenix rising.

Sizzla's "It's Appropriate" is a very entertaining take on this infectious ska-inspired midtempo riddim, while Capleton mixes his usual theme with a hidden dance instruction in "Step 2 The Fire". Both tunes are the undisputed stand out cuts for this riddim. The Germaican Scout Project with deejays Ill Inspecta & Bobby Buster deliver the very convincing "All A Di Gal Dem", Cobra comes up with a solid piece, Admiral Tibet strays from the cultural path for the lovers tune "If I Love You And You Love Me" and the Waterhouse born Adidja Palmer aka Vybz Kartel, whose "If U Man Nah Sow No Seed" is another slack but very fascinating tune, fully shows that he can find his flow over any given riddim.

"Dancehall Fieber (Wer Kennt Die Frau?)", performed in native language by longtime German ska, reggae and dancehall stalwart Dr. Ring Ding, seemingly has become an indispensable hit on his live shows, but on vinyl it fails to make a serious impression. Also Gregory Isaacs' "Margeret" isn't a convincing effort, but luckily the flipside contains the enjoyable "Can You Feel It" by the unknown 4th St. Sista.