Rebellion The Recaller
February 29, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
|IM Music i.e. Imperial Majesty Music, was founded in
2005 by Frederic Palzer and Marius Kuhn, in Berlin, Germany. What began as a small
backyard studio in the cosmopolitan Kreuzberg neighborhood, quickly grew into a
respected community of artists, producers, and DJs around the world that share a
concern for authentic music in a different style, producing music alongside Michael
Oliver Morgan, a.k.a. Rasta Voice and this three man
strong production outfit made a very impressive entry onto the scene less than a year
ago with "The Gangstalaw Riddim
Selection" that will be followed very soon by the release of the magnificent
'Grow With Me Riddim'. And now IM Music releases the full length debut album from
the in Germany residing Gambian Rebellion The Recaller.
Rebellion was born as Bafode Dramé in France in 1979 as son of West-African immigrants. He spent his early youth in France until the age of 11, when his family returned to The Gambia to give the boy the possibility to experience his ancestral culture and to follow the rigorous spiritual education of a Jahanka-an ancient tribe whose members traditionally devote their lives to the study and teaching of Islam. The young boys love for music had already developed early on through artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh or Jimmy Cliff. However, it began truly to flourish in The Gambia, where he encountered a colourful blend of African and Caribbean Roots and traditional music, which were circulating on audiotapes and played on local radio stations. Together with an upcoming generation of Jamaican reggae artists such as Buju Banton or Capleton, they inspired the teenager to start writing and singing his own lyrics under his newfound name, Rebellion The Recaller.
Over the years, the young artist made himself a name and soon was playing on stages in The Gambia and Senegal, alongside established local musicians such as Inspired Ones, The Royal Family, or Born Africans, finally bringing him to the attention of US-based group Suns of Light. After his first hit in The Gambia in 1997 "One for One", Suns of Light followed up in 1999 with a locally distributed album on tape called "Departing From These Days" including the hit "We Must Rebel" (featuring Suns of Light). In 2002, Rebellion decided to return to Europe, to try his luck as a professional musician. News about his talent began spreading throughout the continent, eventually leading to the re-release of "We Must Rebel" on 7" in cooperation with Roots Messenger Music, from Hamburg, Germany. In 2004, the tune became a reggae smash-hit on Europe's dancefloors, giving Rebellion extensive media coverage and leading him to many stages and festivals all over Europe and to recording singles with numerous well-known European reggae producers.
And now Rebellion The Recaller has completed his long-awaited international debut album "Movin' On", a co-production between Berlin's upcoming IM Music label and legendary Jamaican producer Bobby 'Digital' Dixon, opening with an "Intro" seguing into the brilliant intense "Is It True" produced by Bobby 'Digital', immediately followed by the equally strong uplifting acoustic "Take It Easy" and after the "Malcolm X (Interlude)" stating he is still a Muslim the strong (also almost acoustic) anti-Babylon statement "Retreat" with its angelic female backing vocals. The following love song "Grow With Me" is an absolutely superb tune over a very strong smooth acoustic Nyahbinghi-influenced backing that rightfully has been used for IM Music's next riddim selection about to be released. And then it's a bass driven foundation roots backing for the mighty "Voice Of My People" and another big compliment should be made about the backing vocals.
The on paper very promising combination "Like A Lion" with Chuck Fender unfortunately isn't that strong as Rebellion too easily outshines his duet partner, but after the falsetto sung "Little Dreams (Interlude)" it's the accusation of world leaders in "Why No Food" that completely makes up for it, with Rebellion's intense vocals (including an autotuned piece of fast-paced deejaying) over the almost subdued backing followed by the very strong title track "Movin' On" promising a better future over its strong percussive roots backing. After the next "Jokor Be (Interlude)" the mighty "Gangstalaw" giving IM Music's first riddim selection - the strange and unique but well-working blend of inspiration by the Mighty Diamonds' "Right Time Come" and the 'Welcome To Jamrock'-riddim - its name. "Leave Us Alone" over another truly impressive riddim with a wailing guitar far down the mix and "Ghettoyouth" over a minimalistic percussive keyboard backing later accompanied by a deep bassline and an almost bluesy guitar are magnificent tunes.
The second guest on this album Ken Boothe chips in with very strong singing on "Pure And Strong" fully justifying his 'Mr. Smooth'-title on this uplifting tune before this album is brought to a close by "No Other Side" that is once more showcasing Rebellion The Recaller's strong vocal delivery and the great backings IM Music's Frederic Palzer & Marius Kuhn alongside Michael Oliver 'Rasta Voice' Morgan with a little help from Bobby 'Digital' have built and produced, seemingly inspiring Rebellion to the great tunes that he's delivered on this must have stunning debut album "Movin' On" that any roots enthusiast must add to his collection.
Bafode Dramé was born in France in 1979 as son of West-African immigrants. He spent his early youth in France until the age of 11, when his family returned to Gambia. The young boy's love for music had already developed early on through artists like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh or Jimmy Cliff. However, it began truly to flourish in Gambia, where he encountered a colorful blend of African and Caribbean Roots and traditional music, which were circulating on audiotapes and played on local radio stations. Together with an upcoming generation of Jamaican Reggae artist such as Buju Banton or Capleton, they inspired the teenager to start writing and singing his own lyrics under his newfound name, Rebellion the Recaller.
Rebellion's powerful voice combines versatile melodies with the rhythms of his profound lyrics into a highly enjoyable singjay style. The music of this spiritual soul is inspired by a message of understanding, peace and dignity, which he finds in Islam. The Recaller wants to reach out to others, touch their heart, and reflect with them.
"Movin` On", Rebellion's first album to be released outside Africa, denounces a world in which shameless corruption and exploitation are thriving, where propaganda and fear invade our minds on a daily basis. Rebellion the Recaller calls on the people to reject the leadership of those who strive for power and control without regard for the weak and the suffering. Of course the subjects Rebellion is touching on this album are nothing new, but it's all very well executed by the artist and the German producers duo (Frederic Palzer and Marius Kuhn) behind this release.
There are just two guest appearances, Chuck Fender and Ken Boothe, and both appearances confirm we are listening to a singjay from the same caliber as Natural Black or Lutan Fyah. Maybe you already enjoyed the 'Gangstalaw' Riddim (released in 2007)... well, to make things clear, every other song on this release is just as good. 2008 will be an important, eventful year for Rebellion the Recaller, because he finalized the work on his international debut album 'Movin' On' which is a co-production between the IMmusic Label and producer Bobby 'Digital' Dixon.
This will probably be one of the best debuts you will hear this year and I'm hoping "Movin On" will be one of the milestones in Rebellion the Recaller's further career.