Album review
Kings Of Zion Part II
Capleton, Sizzla, Buju Banton & Junior Kelly
Charm-Jet Star
December 8, 2003

Tracking list

  1. Capleton - Why Worry
  2. Capleton - Who Is Dem
  3. Sizzla - Only Jah Alone
  4. Sizzla - World Without End
  5. Buju Banton - Waan You
  6. Buju Banton feat. Kirk Davis - Love You Forever
  7. Junior Kelly - Dem No Remember
  8. Junior Kelly - Time
  9. Capleton - Critics
  10. Capleton - Dangerous
  11. Sizzla - Destroy Dem
  12. Sizzla - Someone To Love
  13. Buju Banton - Slam Bam
  14. Buju Banton - My Intention
  15. Junior Kelly - Burden's Heart
  16. Junior Kelly - Jah Know
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3

"Kings Of Zion Part II" features tunes from Jamaican artists, who have managed to become well known not only in Jamaica but also on an international level. The four reggae stars featured here enjoy reputations for their fiery brand of Rasta-inspired lyrics, and all too, are revolutionaries at heart and fearless in their criticisms of the system, yet they still find room for songs of love and praise, as well as so-called soundbwoy tunes. This decent compilation set collects 16 tracks recorded for various producers such as Norman Bryan of "Kickin' Productions", Delon Reid of "Manatee Productions", Roy Golding of "Del Productions", Computer Paul of "Boot Camp", Winston Powell of "Stone Love" and Harvel "Gadaffi" Hart of Annex Productions. All tracks included on this album were previously available on limited edition import 7" singles and thus for many fans often almost impossible to get.
"The Prophet" Capleton, like Buju Banton, timed his arrival to coincide with an earlier dancehall explosion headed by Shabba Ranks at the on-set of the nineties. The four pieces that are presented here are worth of hearing, particularly the outstanding album opener "Why Worry", the wicked "Who Is Dem" and the Computer Paul produced "Critics", the latter bringing us Capleton at his best as he blasts his detractors over a blistering recut of the "Scandal/M16" riddim. Every follower of contemporary reggae music knows that Miguel Collins aka Sizzla started out from the Exterminator camp, and defined the new Jamaican roots movement with great songs like "Praise Ye Jah", "Like Mountain" and "Black Woman & Child". However, in recent years this high prolific artist seemingly had problems to maintain the high quality standard known from his earlier work which led to the release of some inferior material. However, Sizzla Kalonji is still able to deliver killer roots tunes as can be experienced when playing the awesome "Only Jah Alone". The other three tracks are delivered over dancehall fueled riddims with "World Without End" and "Someone To Love" living up to expectations. Fans of Buju Banton will take delight in the excellent "Waan You" and the matching cuts "Slam Bam" and the cantankerous "My Intention" on which he returns to his dancehall roots. Also "Love You Forever", the combination tune with Kirk Davis (formerly Little Kirk), is a nice effort. Many regard Junior Kelly as a new young Rasta artist, but only few know that he started his musical career in the eighties. However, he never achieved notable success until he delivered his 1999 breakthrough hit "Love So Nice". Through his hits and albums Junior Kelly has shown that he has a keen ear for melody. Furthermore his passionate and powerful vocal delivery is ever present and his lyrics are predominantly conscious and evocative. "Dem No Remember" is an excellent cut followed by another worthwhile effort called "Time". Junior Kelly rounds off this solid collection of unes wit the jaunty "Burden's Heart" and "Jah Know", the latter a decent tune delivered over a mediocre riddim.
Jamaica's reigning Kings Of Zion deliver nuff great tunes to make this cd a good purchase!

Teacher & Mr. T.