Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Black Attack
Sugar Black
Issachar Productions
CD
23-03-2001

Track list
  1. Can We Talk featuring Leh-Banchuleh
  2. Do You featuring Leh-Banchuleh
  3. What We Want featuring Leh-Banchuleh & Jah Mason
  4. Better Days
  5. Love We Had featuring Ruby O
  6. In The Falling Rain
  7. African Girl featuring Leh-Banchuleh & Ken Serious
  8. The New Millenium featuring Sandeeno
  9. Nah Fe Dis featuring Superman & Spiderman
  10. A Girl Like You featuring Kulcha Knox
  11. Rasta Is Love
  12. Let Jah Be Praised
  13. Never Get Weary featuring Leh-Banchuleh
  14. Don't Burn Your Bridges featuring Sandeeno
  15. Here I Am
  16. How Many More featuring Sandeeno
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Already being recognized by reggae connoisseurs is a major talent due to a steady flow of solid to excellent 7" singles for various producers - most of them in combination with his long-time musical partner Leh-Banchuleh (formerly known as Norbert Clarke) - the reggae massive can finally welcome a fine collection of Sugar Black songs on his first full-length CD entitled "Black Attack".
Sugar Black started his musical at a very young age. As a child he was a member of his school choir, where he was singled out for his talent and began performing as lead vocalist. In 1979 his family moved from rural Westmoreland to Kingston and it was there that he was introduced to the sound system. At age 12 he became the youngest apprentice of the Black Star Sound System. After being a favorite warm up act for such established Jamaican artists like Tiger, Anthony Malvo and Brigadier Jerry he formed his own band called Team Force. An entry as a performer in a monthly talent contest with his original song "Baby Mother Too Bad" captured the attention of Mikey Bennett, renown producer from Music Works studio in Kingston. It was at Music Works that Sugar Black met Tony Rebel who encouraged him to audition at Penthouse where he recorded several singles including his 1991 UK hit tune "Stephanie". In 1995 Sugar Black started recording for Tony Rebel and Flames Production and released a series of singles including the 1997 hit "Oh Jah". Together with Leh-Banculeh he participated in Tony Rebel's "Jah By My Side" tour which took place in 1996-97. It brought him to the U.S. and Europe and although Sugar Black - in combination with Leh-Banculeh - was the warm up act and also the back-up singer, he benefitted from the tour as it brought his music to a large audience.
"Black Attack" is the next step in Sugar Black's musical career and regarding the good quality of this set a forerunner of big things in the future. This set compiles solo efforts from Sugar Black as well as combination songs with friends like Sandeeno, Kulcha Knox, Ruby O, Jah Mason, and of course Leh-Banchuleh, who can all be credited for excellent contributions. Producers involved are Colin "King Of Kings" Levy, Patrick "Shocking Vibes" Roberts, Patrick Hall & O'Neal West, Derrick Johnson, Bobby Picses, Henry K & Joey Jemtone, and Lloyd "Issachar Productions" Shaw. None of the songs on this album is below par although some pieces like for example "Nah Fi Dis" and A Girl Like You" sound somewhat outdated. Also a remake like "Rasta Is Love" (originally The Commodores' "Jesus Is Love") may not be everyone's cup of tea. The two "King Of Kings" produced songs, the standouts "Can We Talk" and "Never Get Weary", as well as the cut across Shocking Vibes' "Cuss Cuss" riddim fully showcase the great potential of Sugar Black & Leh-Banchuleh. The same goes for another Shocking Vibes produced tune, the solid herb song "What We Want" with singjay Jah Mason providing the deejay part. Other noteworthy deliveries are "Let Jah Be Praised" and the lyrically and vocally impressive "Better Days", a heartfelt tribute to Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley and his best friend Garnett Silk.
"Black Attack" provides a good glimpse of Sugar Black's capabilities, a fine singer with a sweet vocal style who always delivers cultural and conscious lyrics from beginning to end.