Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Umanity
Original Uman
Uman Music
CD
January 22, 2012

Umanity - Original Uman Track list
  1. Roots Rock Reggae
  2. Réalité
  3. Bad Boy Jimmy
  4. À l'ancienne
  5. Il est l'heure
  6. L'habit ne fait pas le moine 2.0
  7. Swagg Tun Up
  8. Retweet
  9. Gucci Gucci
  10. On peut pas continuer comme ça
  11. Miss U
  12. Marie
  13. Petite planète
  14. Et si...
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Vocals : 4 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Formed by the school of hiphop, Uman aka Manuel Istace released his first reggae album "L'Aventure C'est L'Aventure" on the Belgian PIAS label in 2007. That collection of tunes lived up to its expectations very well. The album was named after the 1972 movie by Claude Lelouch and featured nuff fine reggae and dancehall tunes and placed UMAN right into the world of dancehall and reggae.

Now, in 2011 UMAN, sorry Original Uman, is back with another reggae/dancehall album called "Umanity". Most of the time Original Uman expresses himself in English, but French is his native language so obviously most of his songs are in French. The album starts with the pumping reggae song Roots Rock Reggae which is telling about the weekly reggae parties Original Uman enjoys with his friends. In this tune he tells us that he likes all aspects of reggae music, reggae/dancehall/digital/dub/rocksteady. From Shabba to Vybz Kartel and from Dennis Brown to Bob Marley, he enjoys all kinds of reggae. It's a pleasure to hear that Original Uman touches all kinds of genre, switching between English en French, bringing his vibes on a nice selection of riddims. The second tune is across Special Delivery's 'Longtime' riddim, and Original Uman does a really nice job here!

Bad Boy Jimmy is about friendship and wrong choices in life. Original Uman knows his roots. He takes the classic 80s riddim 'Boops' and does a great version called À l'ancienne. He also offers us new dancehall flavours. Check out L'habit Ne Fait Pas Le Moine 2.0 that rides the 'Black Ops' riddim. The sinister tune Gucci Gucci sees him tackling the 'Moonlight' riddim. The mood and tempo change with the songs Marie and Miss U, two soulful songs, showing Original Uman's versatility. A nice fact to know is that Dani Klein of the internationally successful band Vaya Con Dios is singing the backing vocals on Miss U.

Worthwhile checking out!