A Jamaica We Come From
December 2, 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 4/5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
Although this double-album is already more than 5 years old, the fact that it's available again is more than enough reason to review it. Lloyd Lovindeer is one of the greatest story tellers ever to hold a microphone in Jamaica, the man that gave us "Wild Gilbert.... Wa Wa Wild Gilbert", "A Jamaica We Come From" is an extremely versatile and talented deejay, who started out in the 70s. Singer, songwriter, producer, DJ, actor Lovindeer is one of Jamaica's most multi-talented artistes.
His music often chronicles significant developments in Jamaican society. He began his musical career singing
in the Kingston College High School Choir. Years later, he returned to his alma mater as a member of the
faculty, teaching English and Art. Lovindeer's foray into deejaying, using his mastery of the English
language, has earned him enduring success. His sing-a-long style of deejaying/singjaying brought him hit
after hit and international recognition. He is the first reggae artist to have performed during Trinidad
and Tobago's annual carnival celebrations.|
His songs, such as the here included "Happiness in the Park" or his brilliant "Man Shortage" across 'Tings And Times', "Blinking Bus" and "Babylon Boops" often have a humorous tone, and he produces and composes for other singers, having written such favorites as "Dear Boopsie" for singer Pam Hall. Lovindeer has also acted in television commercials and done voice-overs for radio commercials. As well, he has appeared on stage in the National Pantomime and other theatrical productions. He concentrates on slackness but addresses more cultural themes as well and so he scored with some fine roots sides, but in the 80s he was more successful with his witty, slackness. He's also always been one of those Jamaican who has added not only soca's pun-driven lyricism to his tunes but also its musical influence (no wonder he made to TnT's carnival) and the overall sound on this album has a very nice pan-Carribean soca touch. There's reggae, there's dancehall but there's also soca and other Carribean influences and it makes for great listening. Especially if you listen carefully to his lyrics, this is first class entertainment, only strengthened by the first class musicians who laid the riddims Lovindeer performs them over. These 36 tunes on two CD's should be picked up now that "A Jamaica We Come From" is available again.