Album review
Num And The Nu-Afrika Project
D'Rastadub Records
September 4, 2004

Tracking list

  1. The Scapegoat
  2. My Sound
  3. Way Inna Babylon
  4. Yemonyah
  5. Psalm 117
  6. Da Man
  7. Rise-up
  8. Star in the Wilderness
  9. Dollar Bill
  10. If Lyrics Was a Bomb
  11. Stop Look Listen
  12. Jah Jah Say
  13. Nya
  14. Wake-up Morning
  15. People
  16. Ye Shall Reap
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Num H.S. Amun'Tehu aka NUM presents the ecellent cd 'Num & the Nu-Afrika Project - Lessons'. Read somne more about this powerful musician and actor :
As an Artist Num celebrates his culture by versatility, and his art is a reflection of his gift from the Ancestors. Whether Film, Music, Theater or Television; Num has made a mark. Num plays hundreds of Drums and Percussion instruments in styles ranging from African, Latin, Caribbean, Asian, Classical, Jazz, R & B, Blues, Gospel, Funk, Rock, Reggae and Spiritual Meditative Techniques; including Native American Rhythms.
Credits Num has performed with: Roy Ayers, Clark Terry, Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, Aretha Franklin, Toots and the Maytals, The Wailers, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Third World, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-stars, Bunny Wailer, War, Shaggy and Ravon, Eddie Palmiere, Inner Circle, Pato Banton, Mutabaruka, Buju Banton, Luciano, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, Sugar Minot, Baba Maal and Ernest Ranglin, Maceo Parker, Brian Jackson, Burning Spear and the Late Greats, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Rev. James Cleveland and Donny Hathaway.
Television and Film Num has appeared on "Later with Jools Holland", on the BBC in England; MTV and CANAL+ in France; the CBS Late Night Show "VIBE", the HBO series "OZ'; BETs "PLANET GROOVE"in the USA. As part of the "Burning Band" Num is featured on Burning Spears Grammy Award Winning Album "CALLING RASTAFARI" on Heartbeat Records. Num is featured not only as a performer but also a writer on the current Brian Jackson Album "GOTTA PLAY" RMG Records, which also features Jazz Greats Roy Ayers and Gil Scott-Heron. Num recently performed and was also sampled on Naughty by Natures Album "IICONS", TVT Records. Num has studied with the Late Greats Babatunde Olatungi, Art Blakey and Tito Puente. As one of LP(Latin Percussion) endorsee Artist/Players, He has given workshops, classes and seminars worldwide. Working in Los Angeles with comedian Tommy Davidsons "TOMEDY" Variety Show. Num performed with Stevie Wonder, Al Jarreau, Brian McKnight, Sheila E & Pete Escovedo, Sinbad, Gerald Albright, J B Smoove, Cameo, Jamie Fox, Howard Hewitt and Aaron Hall to name a few. Num has recently recorded with India Arie, Toni Braxton and Maci Gray for the Childrens TV show "Blues Clues" "Bluestock" on Nickelodeon.
The Nu-Afrika Project is defined as Jazzy-Hip-Hop-Roots Rock Reggae with a funkky edge. Nu-Afrika is a gathering of the New Young Lions from the Jazz, Hip Hop and Reggae community with One Love, One Aim, One Destiny, to bring musical expression to another level of understanding. The project is a solo effort to preserve the art form of Free Afrikhan Musical Expression/Life Music in dedication to our ancestors who nurture us daily.
Listening to his album we were more or less astonished by the mature sound and vibe of the album. Lyrically the album is firmly rooted into the roots and culture tradition with lyrics that make a lot of sense, don't forget to listen to his poem If Lyrics Was A Bomb. As mentioned above the music here is not narrowed to strictly one drop reggae riddims. The variety of styles offered is thoughtful and makes the concept-album a vivid and enjoyable piece of art and craftsmanship. It would be unfair to point out highlights as we cannot find weaker or less creative moments here, although favorite tunes are My Sound, Psalm 117 and the meaningful song Dollar Bill. The artist Num has managed to create a fascinating piece of music. We think you should listen carefully to the album mix below and you'll be surprised...trust us!

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