Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Do It
Ibadan
Jupeter Records-Walboomers Music
CD
20 - 08 - 2000

Track list
  1. Intro By Allen Jones
  2. I Need You
  3. Do It
  4. Show Dem
  5. Psalm A Day
  6. God's Army
  7. Rude Boy Skankin'
  8. Got To Be A Way
  9. Hypocrites & Parasites
  10. Once Upon A Time
  11. Reggae Boyz
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
Canada’s contribution to the reggae industry is the band Ibadan. A band noted for their powerfully conscious original music laced with smooth rhythms and piercing lyrics. This versatile group is also well noted for thrilling audiences with homage paid to the pioneers of reggae with strong Studio One sets, Bob Marley tributes and Dennis Brown standards. Called ‘the tightest band in reggae today’, by promoter Allan Jones, Ibadan takes their audiences on a thirty-year reggae journey at any given performance and leaves them wanting more and more. Placing these musical images in their audiences minds are silky smooth singer, Mark Swaby (Knyne, which he insists is pronounced NINE) soon to be a dominant ‘voice’ in reggae today. Peter ‘Burner’ Holung the leader of this ship steadies the flow with tight, fat bass lines. On drums dropping the steady reggae beat is Donovan ‘Pops’ Stines. On rhythm and lead keys, is Edwin Harrigan. Chris ‘Buddy Miles Shim contributes to fills and lead on guitar. Rounding out the sound on vocals is the Princess, Anna Ber. Ibadan’s humble beginnings hearken back to a first place win in a battle of the bands contest, beating out seventeen rock bands giving them the belief in themselves and the confidence to take on any challenge. From then, the resume includes festival appearances, opening the first ever Megacity party in Toronto, in front of over 300,000 native souls, opening for Gregory Isaacs, Freddy McGregor, Luciano, Tony Rebel, Joseph Hill and Culture, to headling and closing many major reggae shows. Culminating all of their experiences, Ibadan has released their debut album/CD ‘Do It’.
The album opens with a hectic intro by Allen Jones, followed by the uptempo tune I Need You. The smooth title track follows and then comes one of my favourite tracks on the album called Show Dem which tells about the desire to hear more reggae on the radio. Rude Boy Skankin is a perfect tune for skankin and is one of the highlights found here. Another outstanding track on the album is Hypocrites and Parasites. The band also knows how to deliver a great lovers tune, check out Once Upon A Time ! The album closes with a tribute to the Jamaican soccer team which played in France, 1998 and captured the imagination of the whole world.
A solid debut set !