Healing Of The Nation EP
Cali P
Hemp Higher Productions
Digital Release
November 18, 2014

Track list
  1. My Home
  2. Wa Gwaan
  3. Bed Of Roses
  4. Solution
  5. I Am Bless
  6. One Step
  7. Carry The Load
  8. United We Stand
  9. Healing Of The Nation
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Pierre Nanon aka Cali P, son of an European mother from Switzerland and a Rastafarian father from the Caribbean island Guadeloupe (Gwada), released his first single called "Forward" on the Pow Pow Productions label in 2005. The single garnered international attention, making way for Cali P to release more than 30 other songs on 7" productions, mixtapes or compilations leading to his 2008 debut album "Lyrical Faya". In 2010 he founded his own Inspired Music Concepts label and moved to Kingston, Jamaica, with brethren and musical partner Phantom to establish Cali P's career and their label Inspired Music Concepts Ltd. further from to the World. 2011 saw Cali P releasing his breakthrough album "Unstoppable", a collection of tunes heavily spiced with Hip Hop and Dancehall flavours.

While more or less expecting the release of his third album, the Bobby Digital produced "musiCALI-sPeaKING", Cali P unexpectedly comes up with the "Healing Of The Nation EP" for which he again teamed up with Gary "Riga" Burke of Hemp Higher Productions outta Geneva, Switzerland, the one who also produced the "Unstoppable" set. Unlike the latter this brand new 9 track EP (why not call it an album?!) appears to be slower, more rootsier. Besides production work of Riga, also other producers such as Evidence Music, Seani B & Don Chandler, Jugglerz & Jr Blender, Kheilstone Music, Teka, and Pharfar & Jahdil contributed to this release.

From the first track up to the album closer it's fully clear why Cali P calls himself the 'Lyrical Fya' as has enough lyrics to keep you involved till the very end. Things get started with the beautiful "My Home", a lyrical unique praising song about Africa across the pop soul influenced "Indian Casino" riddim, which was built by Derrick Sound for Evidence Music. A totally different vibe is created by "Wha Gwaan" on Big League's awesome "Maxfield Avenue" riddim. This autobiographical song is delivered in a singjay style that fits the hard hitting riddim well. Great tune!! The message tune "Bed Of Roses" is an above avarage effort underpinned by a solid riddim. Worth hearing more than once. Then drops the Jugglerz produced "Solution" with guitars added by the legendary Earl 'Chinna' Smith, without any doubt one of the standouts here. Boom tune!!!

And the deadly goods keep on coming. "I Am Bless" contains an appealing as well as crucial message and in terms of quality isn't far behind the previous track. Next comes "One Step", a decent tune with a subtle saxophone sound in the mix that you should give some time to grow on you. In contrast with the aforementioned song, "Carry The Load" - another solid effort - instantly grabs you to never let lose again. However, it's outmatched by "United We Stand", which has been expertly produced by Teka of Rootdown Records. Then title track "Healing Of The Nation" should be a 'grande finale', but unfortunately it isn't. It's not a bad tune at all, but with a message about how wonderful the music is and what it can do, it isn't that appealing to our ears.

With this release, Cali P affirms he's an artist who has grown to higher heights since he has moved to Kingston four years ago.