Ijahman Levi & Bob Marley In Dub
Ijahman Levi
Tree Roots-Flash Laser
September 28, 2008

Track list
  1. Dub Stand Up
  2. Black Royalties Dub
  3. Dub In Vain
  4. Touch Me Dub
  5. Natural Mistic Dub
  6. Let Rastafari Go Dub
  7. Dub Rats
  8. It's Crazy Dub
  9. Dub Wars
  10. President Dub
  11. Dub Redemption
  12. Blessed Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : - Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
To commemorate what would have been reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley's 59th birthday this coming Saturday February 6, this 13 years old but last year re-released Ijahman Levi "& Bob Marley In Dub" album gets the review it deserves. Dubbing 7 of the 8 songs from the vocal album "Sings Bob Marley" that Ijahman Levi recorded also in 1995, with a couple of additional dubs from his "Black Royalties" album. Ijahman Levi was born in the cool hills of Christiana, in Manchester, Jamaica, on June 19th 1946 and named Trevor Sutherland. In 1962 Sutherland's mother and father took up residence in England on the eve of Jamaica's independence. The entire family followed in 1963. In 1970 Trevor ran foul of the law and was sent to prison in England for three years and while in prison he changed his stage name from 'The Youth' to 'Ijahman Levi' and wrote the song "Jah Heavy Load". In 1974 Ijahman was released from prison. However, by this time his wife, Miss Beverley, and family had deserted him. With no family to turn to he took to the streets and found refuge in the house of Rastafari at St. Agnes Place, the headquarters of the Twelve Tribes and studied The Bible. In 1975 Ijahman made his 'anthem' song "Jah Heavy Load" recorded on the Concrete Jungle label for Dip Records and produced by Ijahman. In 1977 Ijahman went to Jamaica in search of a producer and found the late Mr. Geoffrey Chung and together they produced two of Ijahman's most famous albums "Haile I Hymn" and "Are We A Warrior" on the Island label. The albums were released in 1978 and 1979 and they received international acclaim. Ijahman then chose to set up his own recording company 'Tree Roots Record International' with the Jahmani label and severed ties with Island Records. 1981 Ijahman remarried this time to his duet partner Madge and in 1985 he produced the hit single "I Do" with Ijahman and Madge. This release reached number one status on the British Reggae chart for six weeks running. More than 30 albums have been released to date, but his mellow approach is as clear in the few dub albums as it is in his vocals. This is a must buy, and thanks to Richard Soudana of Flash Laser from France it's widely available again. A nice and easy way to pay tribute to the King of Reggae this coming Saturday February 6.