Rappel à l'Ordre
Takana Zion
June 8, 2009

Takana Zion Track list
  1. N'salife
  2. Abiri Na Samba Khine
  3. Mikhi Kobie
  4. I Want To Be Free
  5. Jeune Fille
  6. Reggae Donkili feat. Victor Démé
  7. Mama Africa
  8. Sekou Ko Non
  9. Jah Kingdom feat. Winston McAnuff)
  10. Anawafe
  11. Celine
  12. Ithiopia
  13. Rendez A Cesar
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Two years after now 22-year-old singjay Takana Zion, who hails from from Guinee, Africa, attracted notable attention with his remarkable debut album "Zion Prophet", the talented youth is back with a second album on the French Makafresh label, a branch of Makasound dedicated to release new roots music. "Rappel à l'Ordre" (meaning "Call To Order") is the title of this new collection of tunes, which once again features conscious lyrics delivered in four different languages namely Sousou (Susu), Malinké, French and English. With only three out of thirteen songs performed in English it's questionable if he will reach an international audience, and that's a real pity because he deserves to be heard not only in Africa and France, but also in other parts of the world.

Just like "Zion Prophet", this new album has been accomplished under the watchful guidance of producer and mentor Manjul, with contributions from musicians such as Richacha (Wailers, Alpha Blondy), Jason Wilson (Pierpoljak, Admiral T), Laurent Pena-Vieira, Hervé, Eric "Rico" Gaultier & Thomas Henning (Faya Horns), Bim (Homegrown Band, Bost & Bim), Mackalocks (Pierpoljak, Admiral T),Mo Kouyaté (Corey Harris), and Manjul himself. Also of note is the involvement of Godwin Logie -- in the past mixing engineer for Steel Pulse during their Island years -- from whose mixing skills this album surely benefits.

Even though a few songs, in particular those opening the album, instantly made a decent impression, at first hear "Rappel à l'Ordre" didn't seem to stand out as much as Takana Zion's debut set. However, after a few spins it's obvious this is an album that has to grow on you. In comparison with its predecessor, "Rappel à l'Ordre" turns out to be a more consistent and mature effort. As if to express the historical ties between Africa and Jamaica the album features guest appearances of Victor Démé (hailing from Burkina Faso) and Winston McAnuff. Their combination songs with Takana Zion, "Reggae Donkile" and "Jah Kingdom", belong to the standouts on this album. Other great tracks that truly deserve to be heard -- even if they can't be understand if you don't master the language -- are the full sounding "N'salife" ("I Pray"), the funky "Abiri Na Samba Khine", the rootsy "Mikhi Kobie" ("Bad Person"), the beautiful "Anawafe" ("She Cries") and the cultural "Ithiopia".

Takana Zion's sophomore album is recommended for those who are looking for a reggae album with strong African influences.