Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Claim The Joy
Lehbanchuleh
Banchu Muzik-Stone Tiger Entertainment
CD
08-03-2003

Track list
  1. Choose Life
  2. Open Your Eyes
  3. Claim The Joy
  4. Heed Jah Words
  5. Choose Life feat. Luciano & Mikey General
  6. Behold The Armageddon feat. Sugar Black
  7. Change Gonna Come feat. Sugar Black
  8. Welcome To Life
  9. Eyes On The Father
  10. Moving On feat. Terry Ganzie
  11. Stress In The Ghetto feat. Anthony B & Sugar Black
  12. Hold On, Be Strong
  13. Binghi Man
  14. Moving On
  15. Hola
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4

Former UK based singer Norberth Clarke, now calling himself Lehbanchuleh (pronounce La-bon-ku-lay), has unleashed his long-awaited debut solo album "Claim The Joy". Lehbanchuleh - Swahili meaning "to build upon a solid foundation" - is a spiritual artist who has toured the world with Tony Rebel and oft times spar Sugar Black with whom he scored a string of hits including "I'm Yours", "Start The War", "No Division", "You Are So Beautiful", "Jordan River", "Precious Souls", "Never Get Weary", "Ethiopia Here I Come" and a remake of the well known Bob Marley song "Easy Skanking".
Firm rasta consciousness prevails on this 15-piece collection, which contains excellent new material such as "Choose Life" (featured here twice, once in combination with Luciano and Mikey General), "Claim The Joy", "Heed Jah Words", "Welcome To Life" and "Stress In The Ghetto", the wicked combination tune with Anthony B & Sugar Black. The latter also turns up for the superb version of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" and the solid "Behold The Armageddon", both having appeared on 7" singles a couple of years ago. Other memorable tunes we are treated to are the outstanding "Eyes On The Father" and the Beres Hammond produced "Moving On" - again twice, with and without deejay Terry Ganzie.
Overall opinion is that Lehbanchuleh has delivered an inspiring and uplifting debut set, not to be overlooked by those who appreciate real good conscious reggae music.

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