Album review
Vampayah - Ina Showcase Style
No More Babylon
Melodie-Walboomers Music
July 31 - 2003

Tracking list

  1. Dry The Tears (Discomix)
  2. Dracula
  3. Dub The Vampayah
  4. Lobotom
  5. Melodub
  6. Stop Yuh Fussin'
  7. Fussin' & Dubbin
  8. La Logique Business
  9. Vibe featuring Jamal
  10. Children Are Dying (Discomix)
  11. Babylon Wrong
  12. Dub On The Ring
  13. Enjoy The Ride - Chapter II
  14. Riding To Dub Station
  15. Clean Up Yuh Heart (Extended Version)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 5

Prior to listening to "Vampayah Ina Showcase Style", we have to admit that we were unfamiliar with No More Babylon. So here's a brief overview of the band's history. The story of this French reggae band actually started in 1978 when the seven members of the band visited the same school and became friends. When growing up they listened to reggae music, to be more precise roots reggae and in particular the music of Bob Marley. Meanwhile they also learned about Rasta philosophy and developed their political awareness. In July 1994 the group of friends decided to form a band called No More Babylon. The line up consisted (and still does) of Kiko (vocals), Lucky (bass), Alex (guitars & backing vocals), Dju (keyboards, melodica, organs), Guy (drums), Mister T (percussion & backing vocals) and Wall (FX sounds). After five years performing live on stage and working hard in the studio they released their debut album "Stand The Pressure" in 1999. In October 2001 No More Babylon started recording tracks for a new album, "Vampayah Ina Showcase Style", which was released in May 2003.
No More Babylon truly treats the listener to a wicked collection of roots reggae music. All of the tracks featured here are self-penned tunes and deal with pure righteousness. The cd has a nice booklet with all songs lyrics included. Even though each piece comes with a strong vintage feel, the music doesn't sound outdated at all. The musicianship is noticably solid and the whole album is well produced. "Vampayah Ina Showcase Style" contains ten vocal tracks - six performed in English, the rest is sung in French which adds an international vibe - and six fine dubs. Our choice musical cuts are "Dry The Tears", "Dracula", "Stop Yuh Fussin'", "Childen Are Dying", "Babylon Ring" and "Clean Up You Heart". If you're a roots reggae fan then do check out No More Babylon's second album 'cause it's really worthwhile.

Teacher & Mr. T.