Positive Vision EP
Chaka Demus
Bright Star Production
Digital Release
August 18, 2016

Track list
  1. Positive Vision
  2. Could You Be Loved
  3. Baby feat. Lymie Murray & Stephanie
  4. Memba God
  5. You're Mine feat. Tabeta
  6. Ganja
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Chaka Demus, (real name John Taylor), whose jovial demeanor and strong moral character provides a welcome contrast to the bad-bwoy ragga stereotype, derived his moniker from the late Jamaican MC, Nicodemus. He honed his skills on a number of Jamaica's sound systems, from Roots Majestic & Supreme, to the King Jammy's Champion Sound system, stationed in the nearby ghetto community of Waterhouse in Kingston. It was Jammy's who produced Chaka Demus' debut songs, "Increase Your Knowledge" and the 1985 hit "One Scotch", which he shared with fellow deejay Admiral Bailey. The affable Chaka Demus rose quickly to prominence thereafter, recording hits for Black Scorpio, Harry J. Skengdon, Bobby Digital and Penthouse before teaming up with Pliers in 1991, after a chance encounter at a Miami stage show.

They became reggae's best selling duo, Chaka Demus & Pliers are actually the first Jamaican act to have three consecutive singles in the top 5 of the British music charts. The duo became household names topping every chart around the world between June 1993 and January 1995 with tunes that included "Murder She Wrote", "Tease Me", "She Don't Love Nobody", and "Twist And Shout", their number one hit with Jack Radics. Chaka Demus runs his own record label, Bright Star, on which he has released records by his son, known by his stage name of Marvellous

Chaka Demus' latest effort (on his own imprint) is the EP "Positive Vision", a six track set on which he performs solo-outings but also songs inna combination style. The first tune and title track is a rootical track across an original riddim. Nice effort but not a stand out tune. Next comes his tribute to Bob Marley with a mediocre interpretation of "Could You Be Loved". The first combination track is "Baby", a reworking of the Studio One classic by The Heptones. Here we hear him in a solid performance with singers Lymie Murray & Stephanie. Chaka is at his best in combination with other vocalists. This goes also for "You're Mine", a duet with Tabeta, also across a Studio One Heptones riddim, "Sweet Talking". Nice effort! The killer tune however is the last tune. He introduces himself and then he starts chanting about the positive effects of ganja over Sugar Minott's "Mr. DC". Check the video clip! Multi play item!

Killers and fillers...