Iyahbinghi Redemption
Prof I
Runn Records
March 11, 2013

Iyahbhinghi Redemption - Prof I Track list
  1. Empress Iyahbinghi
  2. Stand Strong
  3. Running African
  4. Pledge Allegiance
  5. Congo Man
  6. I I I I
  7. If You Don't Know
  8. Fire Bun
  9. Rise My People
  10. Get Weary
  11. One Road
  12. Unite
  13. Slave Master
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5
The Niyahbinghi Order is the oldest house in Rastafari's mansion. Over the years, there have been a handful of truly authentic Niyahbinghi albums that have captured chanting and drumming praises to the Most High. One of those albums has just been put by Rasta elder Prof I on Runn Records; aptly named "Iyahbinghi Redemption". We're talking about ancient humanity and giving ises and ises to the Most High with pure heartical rhythm full of wisdom. We started hearing its influence in Skatalites sounds and the legendary Count Ossie And The Mystic Revelation of Rastafari putting forth two colossal 'groundations' in the 1970's. One can hear influences of Kumina drumming and stylings of Nigerian master Babatunde Olatunji. Cedric Brooks and Light Of Saba continued tradition. Ras Michael seamlessly kept Order within his Roots Reggae outings. In recent years, bredrin like the late Ras "Modern Antique" and Ras Sam Brown put out immaculate albums. With the help of Keith Richards, The Wingless Angels are keeping ancient sounds around in these perilous times.

Prof I (Barrington Andrew Reynolds) began chanting in Tivoli Gardens in 1967 and knew that the kette drum and his voice would carry him thru life. He has performed with everyone from original Nyah warriors like Black Heart, Iverton, Priest I, Mortimer Planno to Bongo Herman, Mother Fire and Ras Pidow. He has performed extensively; one prolific event being 1977's One Love Peace Concert. He was noticed by the late Denise Mills (Island Records) and as a result, Prof I's first chants were recorded at Music Mountain Studio. Lured back to the studio in 2005, this wiseman felt the enclosed environment was not conducive to the message. Thus, this album took years to complete; the groundations (celebrations) being recorded at Prof I's Redemption Ground in Ocho Rios. Engineers include Scientist, Keith Senior, Harmony and Jamaica Papa Curvin (has put out wicked albums in Germany). Instrumentation is strict-Bass drum, Funde drum, Kette drum and shaker.

"Empress Iyahbinghi" is pure ises to Binghi sistren, who were heavily involved inna this project. Prof I's throaty chants are similar to Yabby You and is thunderous in nature. The harmonies are reminiscent of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. "Stand Strong" is a strong ode to Mother Africa with hypnotic drumming abound. "Pledge Allegiance" is a stellar chant (written by Prof I/Donovan Francis!); it embodies praises to The Most High in the purest form - from the Heart, for the Heart. "Congo Man" blazes for real-"couldn't kill the Rastaman at all". Throaty and earthy chanting intertwined with the marriage of bass/funde/kette. "I I I I" is a stream of pure consciousness that ignites all senses. "If You Don't Know" evokes memories of Dadawah's "Peace And Love" set; pure ites. "Fire Bun" is a serious message with the Kette master almost scatting over rich African chorus. "Get Weary" turns into a progressive session that make the listeners feel like they are at a groundation! "One Road" is the most humble of the chants; the utterances will stir your soul and praise The Most High. "Unite" is rooted in Africa and takes us back to more ancient times. The dynamic "Slave Master" closes out this collection like rolling thunder.

Prof I's "Iyahbinghi Redemption" will go down as one of the most important musical pieces in recent Jamaican history. It will stand the test of time as one of most authentic Niyahbinghi recordings laid down. It successfully links African harmony and Iyahbinghi chant into an unforgettable experience. Amid the clutter of today's popular music, it is great to know that the Living Dread is thriving. Find this release, take a listen and you will not be disappointed! Recommended for those who deeply appreciate the true foundation of Rastafari Reggae Musik. Go deh!!!!!!!!!!!