Do Your Best
Shekhena Music
April 19, 2011

Do Your Best - Sekhu Track list
  1. Searching
  2. I Care
  3. Do Your Best
  4. Interlude
  5. Enuff Bloodshed
  6. Lift Up Your Heads feat. Bashan & Batch
  7. Do Ah Little
  8. Peace of Mind
  9. Interlude
  10. Till De Earth
  11. Mama & Papa
  12. I Care Remix
  13. Man Of Peace
  14. Interlude
  15. V.I. Fun
  16. Good Times
  17. Meekness
  18. Zion Gates
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
Since the start of the new millennium reggae has found a reverential home in the Virgin Islands. Midnite, Bambu Station, Dezarie, Pressure Buss Pipe, Black Culture, Batch, Danny I, Niyorah, Tuff Lion, and Ras Attitude are only a few names taken from the roster of artists who are based on the Virgin Islands. And now we can add a new name -- although not really new as he already appeared on compilation albums such as "Black Star Liner" by Reggae Bubblers, several True Vibes productions, and "East Bound Vol. 1" -- to that roster as Sekhu has unleashed his debut album "Do Your Best".

Sekhu Shagari George aka Sekhu was born on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S.V.I. to Clinton George and Julie Donadelle. At a young age he and his family relocated to the sister Virgin Island of St. Croix, where Sekhu displayed his special talent for music from early on. At various functions he would take advantage of opportunities to chant for DJ's who played various beats and live bands. After partnering with Soljah, his executive producer, work on Sekhu's debut album entitled, Do Your Best, began at Shekhena Music Studio, with owner Clint Codrington as musical engineer and producer.

The album takes off with "Searching" and "I Care", two nice dancehall fueled tracks but certainly not the kind of efforts that give the listener the impression that he's listening to songs from an artist who's going to present a worthwhile collection of tunes. Then drops the solid title track, "Do Your Best", which is strictly modern reggae. It fully showcases Sekhu's melodic flow and passionate vocal delivery and his ability to come up with meaningful lyrics (also witnessed in the album opener). And it doesn't stop here as the decent "Enuff Bloodshed" and the outstanding combination tune with Bashan and well-known Batch, "Lift Up Your Heads", are worth hearing. The same can be said of the next segment of tunes that includes the matching "Do Ah Little", the solid up-tempo "Peace Of Mind", and the above par "Till De Earth". Then there's somewhat of a relapse with "V.I. Fun" being the weakest piece around. However the closing tracks, "Good Times", "Meekness", and the wonderful "Zion Gates", are among the best this album has to deliver.

Overall opnion is that Sekhu's debut album would have benefited from leaving out a few tracks, but it contains enough strong moments to make it worth checking out.