Black Sheep
Melchizedek Music
March 07, 2004

Track list
  1. Black Sheep
  2. Swap
  3. Joy in the Morning
  4. Free @ Last
  5. I Hear Your Voice
  6. Holy Are You
  7. Still Not?
  8. Draw Me Close
  9. Mi Kamocha
  10. Fear Not
  11. Freedom Dub (feat. Martin Luther King Jr.)
  12. Black Sheep Dub
  13. Still Not Dubbin'?
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Zema (pronounced Zay-ma) is a veteran roots reggae artiste who began her musical career at the tender age of seven with piano and creative dance lessons. As a youth, her interest prompted her to pick up several other instruments in addition to singing. She has performed and recorded reggae, R&B, rock and pop music in numerous bands. In Los Angeles, Zema has established herself as a prominent musician on the reggae scene recording and performing as a vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist. She has backed both as a vocalist and a keyboardist such internationally known reggae artists as Alton Ellis, Leroy Sibbles, Delroy Wilson, Ras Michael, Joe Higgs, Ras Midas, and Carlton Livingston. As a performer she has shared the stage with such seminal performers as Bunny Wailer, Luciano, Buju Banton, Jimmy Cliff, Ky-mani Marley, Congos and The Abyssinians. On the three cd's ("Zema", "Stranger In The Gates" and "Look At The Heart") she has released so far Zema presented herself as an artiste who focuses on sending out a positive, conscious and uplifting message through her music.
"Black Sheep", Zema's fourth album, was recorded in Jamaica. Involved in "Black Sheep" are several seminal reggae stalwarts including Yabby You, Horsemouth (drums/vocals), Danny "Axeman" Thompson (bass), Obeah (keyboards), Zacky (keyboards), Dalton Browne (guitar/vocals), Skully (percussion), Dean Fraser, David Madden, Calvin "Bubbles" Cameron, Everton "Sax" Gayle (horns). All tracks were mixed by renowned Soljie and Sylvan Morris. On this very solid album Zema fully showcases her talents as singer, songwriter and producer in 13 tracks of vocal and dub. Besides that this set benefits from the excellent musicianship of the aforementioned players of instruments who treat the listener to well laid and tight original backdrops. A real treat for the ear as all of these riddims are played "live". "Black Sheep" offers pure, righteous roots reggae and features nuff tunes that are worthwhile hearing over and over again. Best tracks are the album opener and title track "Black Sheep", "I Hear Your Voice", "Still Not", the wonderful "Mi Kamocha", and "Fear Not". But also the other tracks are definitely worth checking out.
If you're looking for reggae music that warms, uplifts and inspires, you can't go wrong with this cd.