Green Fa Life
Kiddus I
September 28, 2009

Kiddus I - Green Fa Life Track list
  1. Different Strokes
  2. Money
  3. Hardcore
  4. Her Own Woman
  5. Chattin
  6. Tune In
  7. Green Fa Life
  8. Love Of The Father
  9. When We Get Together
  10. The Line
  11. War
  12. Fighter
  13. Rock Rock Rock
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3
Kiddus I (born Frank Dowding in St. Mary, Jamaica) is a reggae singer and musician, who gained cult status thanks to the classic soundtrack album and film Rockers. Kiddus I was a member of Ras Michael's Sons Of Negus from 1971 to 1978, singing and playing funde drums. Rockers director Theodoros Bafaloukos had seen him recording "Graduation In Zion" at Harry J studio two years before the film was made and together with Rockers producer Patrick Hulsey decided to film Kiddus I recording the track as part of the movie. He had by then released a few singles on his own Shepherd label, including "Security In The Streets" which was recorded with Lee Perry at his Black Ark studio. After a handful of further singles, little was heard of Kiddus I until French label Makasound issued "Inna De Yard" in 2005, one of a series of albums recorded acoustically by Earl "Chinna" Smith and vintage reggae artists in Jamaica.

Japanese label Dub Store Records then reissued some of the 1970's singles, followed by the anthology "Graduation In Zion: 1978-1980" in 2007. Kiddus I himself is a mysterious figure. Kiddus (which means "Blessed One" in Amharic) operated a Rasta commune and crafts center at 1C Oxford Road in Kingston JA. It's location at the juncture of Uptown and Downtown meant persons of all social strata could meet in a harmonious atmosphere. Kiddus I was also a very prominant member of the 1978 Peace Movement, praising the efforts of "brother Claudie, brother Buckie, Tony" on record with "Security In The Streets" issued on his Shepherd label.

In 2005 Makasound's subsidiary label "Inna De Yard" released an acoustic, meditative full length Kiddus I album, actually his debut album as he had never before released a regular full length album. And now there's "Green Fa Life", a well produced, more polished second album that hits the streets. Recorded at the home of Earl "Chinna" Smith between August, 2006 and August, 2008, with musicians such as Robbie Lyn, Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Egbert "Eggie" Evans, Stephen Stewart and, of course, the aforementioned legendary guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith, the 13 track "Green Fa Life" album brings us an artist who has proven to have a very distinctive vocal style and poetic lyrical delivery. That fascinating typical voice is still in good shape and on most tracks his lyrics are worth of hearing. The musical backdrop is basically modern roots reggae with touches of jazz, blues, country folk and even rock 'n' roll here and there. Our favourite cuts are "Different Strokes", "Money", "Tune In", "When We Get Together", "War" and "Fighter".

All in all a solid album that will suit the taste of the mature reggae listener.