Album review
Soldier Of Midian
10 - 12 - 2001

Tracking list

  1. Introduction
  2. Evocation
  3. Voices From The Sky
  4. Dance Of The Centipedes
  5. The Scorpion And The Serpent (Prepare for battle)
  6. Moving Still
  7. After A Path Has Been Paved
  8. I Will Follow The Storm
  9. Stampede
  10. Dehydration
  11. Dance Of The Dajz Mara (at the festival of Kulong)
  12. Final Warning
  13. Horse Dance
  14. The Storm
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : - Backing : 4/5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

Roir has a long tradition of releasing reggae & dub with over 20 years of working with both established acts and unknowns who have that unusual music quality that springboards them to wider recognition and steady sales. In 1984, Roir was the first label to domestically release the work of Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound, followed up with the Suns of Arqa, Mute Beat, Puls Der Zeit, Badawi, Alpha & Omega, Phase Selector Sound as well as historically releasing reggae stalwarts Mikey Dread, Lee Perry, Yellowman, Scientist, Roots Radics, Big Youth, Skatalites and more.
Raz Mesinai (AKA Badawi) was born in Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine in 1973,and was raised in New York city. Because of a particularly diverse background Mesinai was influenced by all kinds of music especially by the prayers of Sufi Sheik Murshid Hassan, and Jewish story teller and musician Rabbi Schlomo Carlebach, as well as many others. As a child, he spent time in the Sinai Desert with the Bedouins, and later began studying rhythms of Persian, Indian, Yemenite, Moroccan, and Afro-Cuban styles learning a wide range of percussion instruments, including frame drums, the Zarb, the Darabuka, and the Bendir.
Raz is at the forefront of the NYC Academy of Underground DJs, featuring DJ Spooky, DJ Olive, Loop, Lucy, Soulslinger, and WordSound I Powa and is also one half of the influential Dub duo Sub Dub with John Ward. He is also a key founder of Rotor (a collective of composers focusing on the turntable as electronic instrument) with DJ Olive and Toshio Kajiwara. Through his work as a percussionist and composer at such vanguard NYC venues as Tonic, Knitting Factory and the now-defunct Cooler, Raz has increased his visibility as a performance artist and transcended his reputation as a DJ.
On his current release "Soldier Of Midian" Raz samples his own live playing (from Flute to Bendir to Zarb) and agitates the mix with the use of subtle electronic effects. One could say that he brews a mysterious potion made of Middle East purcussion, Techno snatches, dub garlic and a mesmerizing beat. The never ending pulsating rhythms are aggressive, but also sweet, unyielding, yet willing to follow your mind, bordering on a hard-core drum record. It's amazing how Badawi's ability to capture a mood and control it grabs you and keeps you spinning the album again and again !
Strictly for those who are willing to explore the musical mind of a genius.

Teacher & Mr. T.