Album review
Freedom Chant
Brickwall Records - Walboomers Music
29 - 11 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Freedom Chant
  2. Nuh Member Love
  3. Zion Hill
  4. Time Like This
  5. Live Wire
  6. Who
  7. Rumba
  8. Nah Duh Nuttin
  9. Man A African
  10. Jah A Mi Sponsor
  11. Satta Massa Gana
  12. Nah Go Manage Di Damage
  13. Head Corner Stone
  14. Unseen Eyes
  15. They Have No Love
  16. Holow Chow
  17. Searching
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 3/4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Deejay Determine -real name Rohan Alexander Bennett- declined an offer to further his studies in Accounts because of his love for music and went to pursue his musical career in Kingston where he had the oppurtunity to visit various recording studios. His first song "Lion In Zion", done on the King Jammy's label made an significant impact both locally and abroad. His first international release "Selassie I" went to a number one position on the British pre-relase chart. In 1996 he cut an album for Bobby Digital -Rock The World- which included "Kette Drum" , a combination tune with Beenie Man and "Beat The Kette Drum" alongside vocalist Frankie Paul. He also did some tunes (included on this compilation) for producer Barry O'Hare, the anthemic Time Like This, the compelling Live Wire and Who -the latter being a track across the immortal Drum Song riddim. Most tunes on this varied compilation cd feature serious countenance and socially conscious lyrics, but you can also find here the rumba flavored tune Rumba and a big band styled tune called Nah Duh Nuttin. The well known "Politician' riddim is featured on the King Jammy produced track Jah A Mi Sponsor and he also revisits the Abyssinians' 'Satta Massa Gana' riddim on the tune of the same name. The disc closes with two of my favorite tracks on the album, Hollow Chow and Searching on which Determine excels across two solid riddims.

Teacher & Mr. T.