Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Dadawah-Peace And Love / Nyahbinghi
Ras Michael & The Sons Of Negus
Trojan
CD
27-07-1998

Track list

    "Dadawah - Peace And Love"

  1. Run come really
  2. Seventy two nations
  3. Zion land
  4. Know how you stand

    "Nyahbinghi"

  5. Keep cool babylon
  6. Rise Jah Jah children (The lion sleeps)
  7. Pretty little face
  8. Carnal mind
  9. Run come (Throw away your stony heart)
  10. Come down (Pomps and pride)
  11. Jah got the whole world
  12. Roll river Jordan
  13. Cast them in the fire
  14. Nyah man say
  15. Rastaman chant
  16. We're marching on to victory
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Michael George Henry, better known as Ras Michael, was born in 1943 and raised in the rasta community at St. Mary's, Jamaica. At a young age he mastered the traditional art of hand-drumming and in the mid 60s he formed The Sons Of Negus Churchical Host, a group of singers and drummers chosen from among his fellow brethren. After regularly performing at Rasta gatherings (also called grounations) he financed a number of recordings such as Lion of Judah, Ethiopian National Anthem and Salvation, which he issued on his own Zion Disc label. Around 1966 he was invited to perform -in exchange of studio time- with Jackie Mittoo and The Soul Vendors on sides such as Drum Song and A darker shade of black, issued by producer Coxsone Dodd.

The impact of Rastafarianism on the mainstream Jamaican music remained nominal, with major producers obstinate in their belief that the music by groups suchs as The Sons Of Negus lacked commercial potential. However, in 1974 producer Lloyd Charmers invited them to Federal Studios to record an album's worth of material. Supported by an amalgam of leading session players, the cut four (!) extended tracks, using traditional Rasta chant as its basic, but mixed with the sounds of reggae, pop and funk. The album, entitled Dadawah - Peace & Love brought the group under the attention of Tommy Cowan, who financed the follow up album Nyanbinghi. This set differed greatly from their previous album, presenting the group without additional accompaniment-their sound completely unhindered by instrumental embellishment, thus referring to the sound of his former Zion Disc singles. The album Nyahbinghi is a spell-binding collection of work, which established the group as major recording artists in Jamaica.

This Trojan cd brings together these first two seminal albums from the 70s. Two albums showcasing the skills of Ras Michael and The Sons Of Negus. His style of music, Nyahbinghi, is music for those who really care to listen and experience the relentless drumming and chanting, highly spiritual and cultural music, food for thought. Essential re-release!