Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Hail The King
Fantan Mojah
Greensleeves-Munich
CD
November 21, 2005

Track list
  1. Hail The King
  2. Feel The Pain
  3. Nuh Build Great Man feat. Jah Cure
  4. Corruption
  5. Hungry
  6. Thanks & Praise
  7. Love Grows
  8. She Makes Me Feel So Nice
  9. Rastafari Is The Ruler feat. Mr Flash
  10. Uplift Yourself feat. First Born
  11. Search
  12. Hail The King (Remix)
  13. Don't Bow Out
  14. Murderer ???
  15. Kings Of Kings
  16. Corruption (Remix)
  17. Authentic Love feat. Mr Flash
  18. Will I See You Again
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 3 Sleeve : 2
It is easy, at times, to get cynical about the ongoing relevance of reggae -- but then it seems just as you do so, a fresh new talent arrives who reconfirms all those reasons why you were originally drawn so powerfully to reggae music in the first place.

Fantan Mojah is such an artist. He is a talented young newcomer -- and he sings like he really means it -- No lacklustre "going through the motions" in evidence here.

The listener gets the sense that this is a young man who has had to develop patience and the ability to bear with struggle and longing -- And that will mean there will always be an audience (amongst committed reggae fans at least) willing to listen to his narratives.

"Hungry" is the most powerful track here, winning over the cynical listener with its driven energy, its sense of longing for a fair opportunity and a fair chance.

It has to be said, there were more than a fair number of lack lustre, imitative one drops out of JA this year -- "Hungry" is most certainly not one of them.

Also noteworthy is the lean and threatening "Corruption", a tale of justified misanthropy it seems, played out over a hammering Coxsonne rhythm.

Fantan Mojah a man with a lot of energy and clearly a man with some important narratives to communicate -- one hopes he will not go down the same road so many other great talents have trod before him -- those distinctive vocalists who made the mistake of over recording : spreading their talents so thin that the end results became so overdone as to be rendered bland.

It also it has to be said -- highly professional, competent and skilled as the rhythm tracks certainly are here -- they arenít really saying very much which is new to the listener, and tend towards the predictable. Polished and hard as they are -- they lack a sense of discovery and innovation.

Fantan Mojah's energetic narratives however -- makes this album a worthy listening experience. Future works are awaited with some anticipation -- as long as he doesn't fall prey to the path of over exposure and over recording.