Cambridge American Visions
09 - 06 - 2002
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 3/4||Production : 3/4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Diavallan Fearon (Dia) was born in Kingston Jamaica to one of the world’s greatest keyboard player and piano tuner Dennis Fearon. He was exposed to music from conception and began his first serious entry at age twelve when he began playing the keyboard with his father's "Food Clothe and Shelter" band. Spreading his wings, Dia began performing with a number of backing bands such as: "Earth Ruler", "Rhythm Connection", "Ganglords" from Switzerland and "Kaushan". An exceptional musician who mastered many instruments, has matured by the days and has played all the major shows with all the major artistes in a very short number of years. He attended the New Day All-Age School, Kingston Technical High where he was the top student in his class and a prefect for three years. He received a Government Scholarship for the University of
Technology where he studied Electrical Engineering. |
Dia as he is affectionately called, has made a great impact in the studio as well as on stage. He was the opening act for the Black Uhuru and Abyssinians tour in France October 2000 and is now spreading the reggae vibes all over the world. He has also assisted in the production of a number of classical reggae albums with such greats as: The Abyssinians, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Cocoa Tea, Louie Culture, Determine and Anthony B.
A singer at heart, he was easily influenced by his love of the stage to branch out in this direction; a direction which has led him to work on his own album entitled "The Warrior", with all original tracks. An album of his own production which features some of Jamaica’s top musicians on accoustic instruments. A dynamic culturally aware singer and lyricists who has given all the praises for this unique talent to the Almighty Creator and he sees his role as the chosen one to take these words to the rest of the world. His motto is purely spiritual "seek he first and all things shall be added".
Relatively unknown to the reggae massive, Dia has delivered a sophisticated and beautifully arranged 'soft' reggae album. The music here is conscious-minded, swinging and has strong cross-over abilities. Included here are some commanding attention songs like Babylon A Swarm Me, dealing with the presence of Babylon "where ever you are or run". Jah Is The Answer sees Dia teaming up with deejay Louie Culture. The song is an awesome slow-paced cultural tune. Track 10, Mother Earth, is an appealing ecological tune. Be Careful is across the up-tempo "Chanter" riddim and makes a decent impression - some well known artists like Luciano and Mikey General voiced the riddim as well. The album closes with no less than three ballads : Love Is Life, What's Love To You and Anything For Love.
Disc Two is the companion dub set and contains 15 instrumental pieces. The music found here is not dub in the style of the Jamaican legends, but entertaining and easy flowing instrumental tunes which will create a relaxed mood.