Phylani Music
October 7, 2013

Track list
  1. Girl's Nite Out feat. Ammoye
  2. Mirror Mirror
  3. Candy Shop
  4. Roll Wid Me feat. Tony Anthony
  5. Teeny Ting
  6. Hands Up feat. Sarah K
  7. In A Circle feat. Deevine
  8. Survive These Streets
  9. Cheater's Loss feat. Tony Anthony
  10. Careless Bwoy
  11. Lef Him
  12. Warboat
  13. Gal A Hype
  14. Tit 4 Tat
  15. God Alone
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Whether they are very original and exciting talents or not, history has learnt that it's much easier for up-and-coming Jamaican female dancehall artists to draw the attention from the international dancehall massive than it is for those who are building a music career in other parts of the world. It's something Kingston-born, Toronto-based model, actress and recording artist Nadera Jackson will have to deal with. Luckily she has award winning producer/artist/ songwriter Mark Bennett aka Tony Anthony of Phylani Music on her side, helping her to reach out to di world.

Nadera migrated to Canada in 1997, where she studied her acting craft at The Reel Fact Film & Television Studio in Toronto and also at the Mark Baur Studio in Vancouver. Since then she has made her mark as one of Toronto's finest multi-talented artists. In 2009, after a grand performance in Canada's first reggae musical "Soundclash" she was approached by Phylani Music to record for the label and be a part of its artist roster. Her first two singles "Cheater's Loss", a collaboration with Tony Anthony, and "Tit 4 Tat" stayed at the number one position on the Canadian reggae charts for 8 weeks, and also climbed the South Florida, New York and Jamaica Hype TV charts. Phylani Music then also released the singles "Candy Shop" and "Careless Bwoy". Nadera, who was voted "Top new dancehall DJ" in 2010 at the 5th Annual Sandra Bashment's Community Achievement Awards and won the award for "Best Female DJ" at the Canadian Reggae Music Achievements Awards in 2011, now delivers her self-titled 15 track debut album.

Nadera flexes her vocal range over mainly computerized original riddims and lyrically touches themes like affairs from the heart, poverty, and spirituality. Besides that there's also room for summer party vibes as can be experienced when playing the club banger "Hands Up" and the infectious uptempo "In A Circle", both combination tunes with Sarah K and Deevine respectively. The very first tones of "Girl's Nite Out" (feat. Ammoye) instantly make clear that it's a dancehall ting the listener has to deal with. This however, is even more expressed by the rawer and hasty sounding "Mirror Mirror", an entertaining tune over the "450" riddim about the 'fashion style' in the dance hall. The previously released single "Candy Shop" on the "90's Bubble" riddim raises the heat further, while "Roll Wid Me", the first collaboration with Tony Anthony included on this set, and "Teeny Ting" are decent efforts. Then it's time for some reggae vibes with first of all "Survive In The Streets", a great conscious tune across the "Life" riddim that keeps you involved till the very end. In 2010 Tony Anthony scored a big hit with "Torn". The deejay counterpart of that song, "Cheater's Loss", is included here. The solid "Careless Bwoy" rounds off this reggae part in real fine style. After having returned to dancehall niceness once again - with the hard hitting "Warboat" being the most appealing tune - it's reggae time again with "Tit 4 Tat" and "God Alone".

Overall opinion is that Nadera has come up with a very enjoyable debut album, which shouldn't be overlooked.