Aphrodite's Dream
Haji Mike

Track list
  1. Chippy
  2. Ledra Street
  3. Reggae Reggae Reggae (So Sweet) - feat. Kyppa Ranks
  4. Chifte-Teli-Teli (Move Your Belly Belly)
  5. Maro-Maria
  6. Kleftiko & Brussel Sprouts
  7. Zembekiko Rap !
  8. Turbomatic Tina
  9. The Water's Much Cooler (Deep In The Well)
  10. The Things We Do For Love
  11. Cyprus Is My Name
  12. Aphrodite & The Lion
  13. Welcome Home - Beyond & Behind
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
This CD is a strange mixture of several influences. Cypriot raggamuffin Haji Mike delivers his vocals in a style much more reminiscent of dub poetry than more modern dancehall style delivery. The lyrics you can understand (because the lyrics are in English) are full of wit, which could possibly the same for the lyrics in Greek (?), but I can't judge these. If you are however interested in discovering the meaning of these lyrics, queries on language or tunes could be solved at Haji Mike's personal homepage at http://www.cylink.com/cylife/hajimike/ (Different from the URL on the sleeve, that is probably a former one http://www.geocities.com/Paris/8377/hajimike.htm). The lyrics, music, compositions & arrangements are all originals and mostly all collaborations between Haji Mike and Mike Minas, and the music is mainly what I would consider Hellenic reggae. The riddims are rooted in reggae, but the string arrangements using bouzouki and baklama (both played by the earlier mentioned Mike Minas) give a Mediterranean/Greek feeling to the sound. At first you might be caught too much by surprise hearing that sound too appreciate it, but after spinning this disc a few times I have become quite fond of this album and will certainly pick up his earlier album "Haji Mike On The Mic" when I encounter it.