The Awakening
Queen Makedah
Oriyah Music
September 8, 2000

Track list
  1. Prelude : Shemah Israel
  2. I Lost Everything
  3. Tippin'
  4. Fools Rush In
  5. Gold
  6. Take Away
  7. Yah Love Is King
  8. Eliyah
  9. My Heart Is In Zion
  10. Love Is A Universal Language feat. Ras Michael
  11. On The Day That babylon Falls feat. Ras Michael
  12. Deliver Us
  13. My Heart Is In Zion (Reprise)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 3/4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
The debut album of Queen Makedah, "The Awakening", is a collection of songs ranging from reggae, world-beat, r&b to pop music. However, it's not a cross-over album, since the influence of reggae riddims and themes is present all over. With her excellent vocal outing she is capable of performing every song in a very distinctive style.

On the album you'll find two duets with reggae legend Ras Michael. First there's Love Is A Universal Language, followed by On The Day That Babylon Falls, the latter being a tune in the traditional Ras Michael style. The tune Deliver Us is an excellent straight forward reggae tune and includes a fine flute solo. In the r&b orientated song Gold - check out the Spanish guitar solo! -, she masterfully delivers a tune that can be called a modern day lamentation for the Black Man. After the chanting prelude, she enters with a very tough tune called I Lost Everything, in which she takes you back '2000 years'.

Other noteworthy tunes found here are the ballad Fools Rush In, a song which reminds us of a Tony Braxton song, the Sade cover 'Your Love Is King', here retitled Yah Love Is King and My Heart Is A Zion, which happens to be a superb heartfelt song.