Nambo Robinson Meets Dub Caravan
Happy And Free
Dread Camel Records
February 21, 2012

Track list
  1. Happy And Free
  2. Letter To LKJ
  3. Praises
  4. Thank You
  5. Happy Trombone
  6. Dub To LKJ
  7. Praise The Horn
  8. Mountainside
  9. Praise The Guitar
  10. Happy Melodica feat. Shaky Norman
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3/4
After the 2010 release of "Virtual Oasis", followed by "Nomadic Fusions" in 2011, Felix Russ Abu -- the originator of the Dub Caravan project -- has released a third album entitled "Happy And Free" for which he has teamed up with Jamaican trombone player Ronald Robinson aka Nambo Robinson.

Felix Russ Abu is an artist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, who is striving to create a multi-dimensional musical landscape for listeners craving something fresh, original and out-of-this-world. With his Dub Caravan project he continuously wanders around the world in pursuit of recruiting poets, singers, musicians and other artists from various cultures and countries in order to concoct new and original exotic sounds.

Nambo Robinson is a veteran musician and vocalist, who has recorded countless tunes with Jamaican artists including Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Beres Hammond, Shaggy, and Buju Banton. He has played in bands such as Lloyd Parks & We The People, The Tony D'Acosta Affair, The Boris Gardiner Happening, Light Of Saba and Mystic Revelation Of Rastafari. Besides that he has released four albums of his own, "Reggae In My Bone", "Nambone Ska", "Nambo Sing And Play", and "Raw Roots Rock Reggae".

The "Happy And Free" album kicks off with four vocal cuts. These efforts showcase that Nambo Robinson's singing talent isn't extraordinary. But yet he manages to make a decent impresssion with the songs "Praises" and "Thank You". "Letter To LKJ", which can be regarded as one of the best tracks on this album, sees him declaiming the lyrics in a style reminiscent of Linton Kwesi Johnson. Apart from Shaky Norman's solid "Happy Melodica", the instrumentals/dubs feature Nambo Robinson's trombone play, which is a joy to listen to.

Overall opinion is that "Happy And Free" is not a bad album at all, but it simply never gets very exciting.