All Nation Proclamation
Dark Fire Cloud
Peacemaker Records
14 - 08 - 2000

Track list
  1. Jesus Is Back
  2. Positive
  3. Ready Set Go
  4. Reach Out
  5. King Yashua
  6. Kingdom Of Heaven
  7. Forbidden Rhythm
  8. Wade In The Water
  9. Lord's Prayer
  10. All Nation Proclamation
  11. Jesus Is Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Dark Fire Cloud, formerly known as Ras Cloud, is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana who is known for a music style , entitled 'zydeco reggae'. His earliest musical memories are of the blues, zydeco and gospel music. After living in Canada and Jamaica he returned to his home where he came upon a hybrid synthesesis of reggae and zydeco music. Zydeco is the indigenous music of Louisiana Creole people that parallels the Cajun music of Louisiana people of European origine and both forms feature uptempo squeezebox riddims and washboard percussions. 1989 marked the release of Cloud's firt E.P. 'So Jah Say - Zydeco Reggae'.
'All Nation Proclamation' is his first album and contains 10 vocal cuts and one dub tune. Lyrically you can call this album a gospel set and in combination with the uptempo riddims the album manages to evoke very positive feelings. Dark Fire Cloud easily mixes his roots with reggae riddims, although there are a few more or less straightforward reggae tunes included on the album such as Positive, Wade In The Water and Ready Set Go. Other songs incorporate heavy zydeco influences like the excellent tunes Reach Out and the bluesy Kingdom Of Heaven.
Check out 'All Nation Proclamation' and judge for yourself if Dark Fire Cloud's mixture of reggae and zydeco suites your taste.