Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Big Step
Nahki
Universal Music Japan
CD
01-03-2003

Track list
  1. Ragga Salsa
  2. Big Step
  3. Only, Only
  4. Four Seasons Lover
  5. Hard Core
  6. Future Track
  7. Attitude
  8. Romance
  9. Shine
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Nahki is no stranger to the homeland of reggae music, Jamaica. He has been traveling in and out of the island for almost two decades. Nahki first encountered with reggae through the radio back in the late seventies and fell instantly in love with it. When he learned the messages about universal love in those songs, Nahki realized that this was what he wanted to sing. At the age of 18, Nahki left his hometown Nagoya to study at university in Tokyo, where he had finally formed his own reggae band. In 1984, Nahki got a chance to meet with the godfather of reggae dancehall music, Sugar Minott, while he was touring Japan. During the tour, Sugar saw Nahki and his band, and invited him to Jamaica. And so Nahki did, in the following year. Since then, Nahki has been flying between Tokyo, New York and Kingston, and caught on to the language quickly. Soon he showed the people, that even Japanese can deejay, and taught the culture of Japan through his music.
Meanwhile back in Japan, he introduced what he had learned in Jamaica, like setting up a sound-system, and paved the way for those to follow. In Jamaica, Nahki has performed on stage shows such as Reggae Sunsplash, Beach Bash and Sting. In Japan, he helped to organize and has been performing at Reggae Japansplash which started in 1985. Also he has toured the U.S. and some Caribbean Islands. In the studio, Nahki has recorded songs with some of Jamaica's top producers and musicians like Sly & Robbie, Steely & Clevie, Clive Hunt, Willie Lindo and other hit-makers from around the globe such as Andy Marvel , Phillip Leo And Dick Lee.
Since his first album "Baddest Japanese" in 1990, Nahki has put out nine albums including his long awaited latest album called "Big Step". On this set he presents a wide variety of pop-reggae tunes over riddims that are mainly laid by Kazuya Komatsu. All tracks are spiced with different flavors, which makes that "Big Step" has something for everyone. Our personal favorite picks are the hot bubbling "Ragga Salsa", the title track "Big Step", which is delivered across a backdrop reminiscent of Alton Ellis' "Girl I've Got A Date", and also "Only, Only". Not exactly an album that will appeal to the hardcore reggae dancehall massive, but a decent album for those we are looking for some feel good music!