Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Abijah
Abijah
VP Records-Walboomers Music
CD
June 15 - 2003

Track list
  1. Children Of Love
  2. Revelation
  3. Why feat. Nadz
  4. The Rock
  5. One Love, Long Life
  6. No More War
  7. Where Is That Love
  8. Woman feat. Shepherd
  9. Freedom feat. Kelvin Thomas & Cleveland Cathnott
  10. Rootsman Take Over
  11. Fall To The Ground
  12. Live
  13. Press On
  14. Bound In Zion
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Youthful roots singer Abijah (real name Andrew Smith) first came to our attention through a Dutch documentary that reported about the use of internet in Jamaica, especially regarding advantages and innovations within agriculture and music business. Then his name started to appear more often, mainly because he impressed many with a handful of 7" singles that found their way out of Jamaica. With these original and uplifting songs he steadily made a name for himself on the international reggae scene. Abijah is a student of multiple art forms and a culture singer of the first order, who blends a variety of influences from Jazz, Rock, Folk and World music. His style draws heavily at times on the phrasing and musical style of Bob Marley, but his sense of melody, clear unaffected tenor and lyrical dexterity preclude cynicism and bode well for his future. On this debut set Abijah sings about love, peace and unity while expanding reggae's musical borders with creative arrangements and instrumentation. Primary producer Mikey Bennett and Abijah have crafted a solid album, although not every reggae fan will be overly fond of songs like "Why", "One Love, Long Life" and "Where Is That Love", as they have a strong "pop appeal". On the other hand the roots reggae audience will be pleased to hear standout tracks such as the acoustic psalm "Revelation" (released on 7" single to great acclaim in 2001), the moody "The Rock", the uptempo "No More War", "Freedom", "Fall To The Ground", "Live", "Press On" and "Rootsman Take Over", the latter coming across the "Doctor's Darling" riddim.
Abijah shows good potential thus underlining that he's ready to take his place in the forefront of reggae music.