Bomb Rush Records / Soundquake
7" single
August 10, 2011

Artist & tune

  • Tarrus Riley - Shaka Zulu Pickney / Anonymous feat. Bay-C - Fire We A Burn
  • Konshens - Tek Care Of The Youths / Chris Martin - Journey Of Love
  • Busy Signal & Cobra - Cry Out / T.O.K. - The Chosen
Overall rating : (1 to 5 stars)   
The German Soundquake label -- in association with Bomb Rush Records from Jamaica -- has released three double A-sided 7" vinyl singles featuring vocal cuts for the "Nyabinghi" riddim. The latter, inspired by the traditional nyahbinghi drumming of the Rastafarians, calls on the rebellious past of enslaved Africans in the Americas. Produced by Roshaun Clarke aka Bay-C from T.O.K., this is a great, captivating riddim with some excellent voicings and obtrusive nyahbinghi drumming.

Tarrus Riley puts in a highly skilled performance on the outstanding "Shaka Zulu Pickney", reminding his compatriots of the 'warrior spirit inside', encouraging them to take a stand against oppression and discrimination in the tradition of people like Paul Bogle, Shaka Zulu, Lumumba, Kunta Kinte, Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X, and Nelson Mandela. Big tune!! Konshens delivers a high-quality tune called "Tek Care Of The Youths", expressing his disgust of the numerous irresponsible fathers and encouraging parents to take good care of their youths. With the current riots in the big cities of England in mind, Busy Signal & Cobra's solid "Cry Out" turns out to be a topical tune as they wonder about the violence and sufferation in the society. Both artists present serious charges to the 'bigger heads' and plea for more love, unity and upliftment. Also worth hearing are Chris Martin's "Journey Of Love", actually a homage to the true love that conquers all evils of Babylon, and T.O.K.'s "The Chosen", saying that you should never give up, no matter what problems you face in life.

This is true anthem material with great lyrics and good production quality.