Natural Woman
Sovereign Muzik
March 8, 2009

Track list
  1. Intro
  2. Love And Overstanding
  3. Always Praying
  4. Jah Fire
  5. Natural Woman
  6. Pass It On
  7. Disobedient Children
  8. Break Free
  9. Jah Jah Saved Me
  10. Letter To You
  11. Loving Rasta feat. Determine
  12. Rude Bwoys
  13. United States Of Africa (U.S.A.)
  14. Astral Travelling
  15. Rastafari (Bonus Track)
  16. Jah Fire (Remix)
  17. Break Free (Remix)
  18. Natural Woman (Version)
  19. Pass It On (Version)
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Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4
Kandake, formerly known as Queen Candace, has such a beautiful voice that she can easily take her place amongst well-respected Reggae songstresses like Judy Mowatt, Marcia Griffiths, Fiona and Sonia Spence to name four.

Rasta Roots Reggae Empress Kandake moved to Jamaica from London to follow her passion for singing and Rastafari. She grew in both her faith and her music and put the finishing touches to her unique singing style whilst studying at the Music House based in Kingston. In the studio she worked with well-known producer/musician Chris Meredith, bass player with the Marley family and who worked on Ziggy's grammy winning "Conscious Reggae Party" and the "Mis-education" of Lauryn Hill Album. Kandake spent several years working with him and they produced singles like "Natural Woman", "United States Of Africa", "Pass It On" and "Jah Jah Saved Me" amongst others. For ten years Kandake lived and performed in Jamaica and has recently been working in London teaming up with Vincent Prince at the Raspect Muzik studio.

And now there's Kandake's first full length album entitled "Natural Woman". The latter is a truly wonderful collection of tunes consisting of uplifting originals and a few well-crafted remakes including Bunny Wailer's "Pass It On", Joseph "Culture" Hill's "Disobedient Children", and Smokey Robinson's "Baby Baby" (= "Jah Jah Saved Me"). The intro -- spoken word and nyahbinghi drumming -- indicates that this is a roots oriented album full of consciousness, spirituality and cultural issues. Even though the tracks are partly recorded in Jamaica (with experienced musicians people like Christopher Meredith, Ian "Beezy" Coleman, Wilburn "Squidly" Cole and Dean Fraser) and London (with Hughie Issachar and Vincent Price) it's a balanced set throughout. Every track has its own merit and is worth of hearing, but the undisputed highpoints are the outstanding "Always Praying", the great "Disobedient Children", the moving "Letter To You", and the excellent "Rude Bwoys".

It's commonly known that reggae music is predominately dominated by male vocalists, but every now and then there's a fresh female voice that emerges on the scene, and in this case it's one that really deserves to be heard. So make sure you don't miss it!!