New Horizon
Ras Zacharri
Shem Ha Boreh Records
June 12, 2011

New Horizon - Ras Zacharri Track list
  1. Jah Inna Mi Heart
  2. Just A Rastaman
  3. Praises
  4. Herbs & Spices
  5. Free Up Time
  6. New Horizon
  7. Righteous Ones feat. Earl 16
  8. The System feat. Mark Tenn
  9. Pagan Eyes feat. Tiwony
  10. Can't Get Enough
  11. No Bad Mind
  12. No Bad Mind (Dub)
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In recent years Jamaican born roots chanter Ras Zacharri (real name Bogle Broadie) has managed to put his name on the reggae map due to the release of a few notable singles for European and Jamaican record labels and his 2009 released debut album "Herbs Man", which featured guest appearances of Luciano, Gregory Isaacs and Natty King.

Ras Zacharri spent his early childhood in a place called Border between St Andrews and St Mary before moving to Kingston to live with his uncle (who was a popular musician at the time). He started writing songs from the age of 10 and performing them to his friends at school, while they played the drum pattern of the riddim on their desks. After leaving school at the age of 17, he'd already made a couple of recordings that were not released, but got his first release in 2000 under the name of Dj Bogle with a song called "Irish Moss" on the Stumpy Productions label.

It was well known reggae artist Buju Banton, one of his mentors in many ways, who gave him the name Zacharri. Rastafarian faith became his biggest inspiration and later he became a member of the 12 Tribes of Israel. Ras Zacharri then started to perform around Europe at dance hall and stage shows as well as doing studio work with the Starr Gate crew and Roots Garden Records, which led to the release of a single called " When Jah Wrath". In 2006 he recorded his worldwide played single "River Jordan" with Luciano, followed by some very sucessful recordings for Foundation Sound ("Lion inna Jungle") and One People Production ("Rise Ma People"). After a number of live shows in the UK he returned to Jamaica where he released "Herbs Man" for Shem Ha Boreh Records and "Ruff Road" featuring Natty King.

And now, two years after the release of his debut set, he delivers the sophomore album, "New Horizon". Mixed in large part by London-based Nick Raphael aka Nick Manasseh and mostly backed by live played, fresh riddims from The Uprising Roots ("Herbs & Spices" coming on the same riddim as "Know Yourself" from The Uprising Roots album "Skyfiya"), Ras Zacharri delivers an entertaining collection of mainly roots & culture tunes. Just like on his "Herbs Man" album, he has done three collaborations for this new set. "Righteous One", the combination with Earl Sixteen, turns out to be a truly outstanding effort, while the powerful "Pagan Eyes" with Tiwony is a matching cut. Other strong tracks are "Jah Inna Mi Heart", "Just A Rastaman", "Herbs & Spices", "Praises", and "No Bad Mind", which comes with its dub version.

Solid roots almost all the way!