Album review
Qshan Dia
J & D Records-Walboomers Music

Tracking list

  1. Love
  2. Journey
  3. A Time
  4. What Is Meant For Me Shall Be
  5. God's Identification
  6. Together Forever
  7. Too Late
  8. Warfare featuring Yami Bolo
  9. Jahovah
  10. Where Do We Go (Innocent Lives)
  11. Hallelujah
  12. The Poor's Cry featuring Richie Spice
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

Impressive newcomer Qshan Dia (real name Kellis Quashie) first came to notice to a wider audience when the title track of this debut set - "Journey" - appeared on the earlier this year released compilation set "Reggae Platynum 2001". With a vocal delivery strongly reminiscent of Luciano and a striking lyrical content he immediately attracted attention, then already indicating that it could only be a matter of time before the reggae massive would be treated to the singer/songwriter's debut album. And here it is... "The Journey".. featuring 12 tracks of well executed modern roots reggae, all high quality efforts ranging from solid to excellent. Although it is obvious that Luciano has been Qshan Dia's strong influence, he can't be accused of cloning the Messenger as he has developed a style of his own. Mixed by such renown mixing engineers as Colin "Bulby" York, Philip Smart and Sidney Mills the musical standard of this album is first class. Well balanced and full sounding "live" laid fresh riddims fit Qshan Dia's powerful voice very well and are the perfect vehicle for the mature singer's appealing vocal and lyrical delivery. With every tune having its own merit it's hard to point out the standouts, so let's just mention our favourite tracks: "A Time", "God's Identification", "Too Late" and "Where Do We Go (Innocent Lives)".
Qshan Dia has delivered an extraordinary debut set, indicating that this impressive new singer/songwriter is definitely a name to watch for in the near future. Contender for best newcomer of the year 2001!!

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