United States Of Africa
Conscious Riddims Records
August 12, 2008

Track list
  1. Hush
  2. United States Of Ethiopia
  3. Gone Up
  4. Extinction
  5. Who
  6. Mr. Problem
  7. Life
  8. Reggae Lives On
  9. Babylon Pon We Mind
  10. Raspect The Ladies
  11. See And Know feat. Donny Dread & Yahadaman
  12. Plant The Herb
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Straight outta Freedom City, St. Croix, comes the 'Original Nine Fingers' Xkaliba, a 33-year old chanter who has steadily built himself a name in the Virgin Islands through live performances, hit singles, contributions for various compilation sets and his well received album "Baptized In The Ghetto". After the release of the latter and then appearing on another compilation, "Itinualjah", he recently teamed up with Conscious Riddims Records to release "United States Of Africa". The latter contains songs that have appeared on singles as as well as on the compilations "Black Star Liner" and "Itinualjah", along with a couple of previously unreleased tunes. Actually this new album is a remastered version of the 2006 released "For The People" set with 2 added bonus tracks ("Hush" and "Plant The Herb").

Xkaliba, whose deejay style is sometimes reminiscent of Macka B as can be heard while listening to tracks like "Reggae Lives On" (on which he hails up all the reggae greats who have passed away, Garnet Silk, Tenor Saw, Nitty Gritty, Jacob Miller, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Early B, Prince Far I, and Dennis Brown) and "Raspect The Ladies", is known for his conscious, hard-hitting lyrics and flow ability and this nice collection of assorted tracks is further proof of it. Truly worthwhile hearing are tracks such as "Mr. Problem", "Gone Up", "Extinction", "Plant The Herb" and the combination tune "See And Know", 'cause they are the most outstanding efforts found on this album. But don't let this prevent you from checking the other tracks as they are also real nice conscious tunes to listen to.

Xkaliba's "United States Of Africa" is another fine example of Virgin Islands reggae music.