Album review
Stranger In The Gates
Melchizedek Music

Tracking list

  1. Keep justice
    (Isaiah 56)
  2. Who can understand ?
    (Psalm 19)
  3. Check it out
    (Colos 2:8; I Peter 5:8; Rev. 12:9; II Cor 11:13-15;
    John 8:44-47)
  4. I would rather
    (Psalm 84)
  5. Take the water
    (Revelation 22)
  6. Everything is yours
    (Job 38-42)
  7. Balaam & Balak
    (Numbers 23-24)
  8. Treasure
    (Luke 10:27 and 12:31,34; Deut. 30:20)
  9. I would rather dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 3/4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 3

Zema recorded her first album of original material at Channel One Studio in Kingston, Jamaica in 1985 and now, after an absence of too many years, this roots daughter comes up with her second delivery. The self-produced "Stranger in the gates" album showcases the skills of a multi-talented artist, not only a singer in possession of nice vocals, but an excellent songwriter and musician as well. In each song she expresses her deep Biblican reasoning, making use of Bible-based lyrics (without really becoming preachy) thus offering one "food for thought". The album is a good example of modern conscious reggae - sometimes capturing the spirit of the roots reggae hey day - delivered through excellent musicianship. Musicians include the renown Sly Dunbar, who forms the drum & bass section with bassist Mike Irwin. Zema as well as husband Zacky Bernard (of the original Twinkle Brothers Band) provide generous portions of soaring keyboards and Alberto Fernandez is responsible for the real tasty addition of flowing guitars. Standouts are "I would rather", "Everything is yours" and "Treasure".