Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date
  Album review
Visions Of The Father
'Imisi
Lion Of Zion Entertainment
CD
December 9 - 2003


Tracking list

  1. Superstar
  2. No One Else
  3. Always and Forevermore
  4. Babylon System
  5. Visions of the Father (with Christafari)
  6. I Love You Lord
  7. Into Zion
  8. Go On (The Conflict)
  9. Blue Skies (with Quino of Big Mountain)
  10. On Your Side
  11. Best Friend
  12. Momma
  13. Everything
  14. Para Siempre
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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


The Christian reggae trio 'Imisi is headed by brothers David (Tevita Ka) Fohe, Jubilee (Siupeli Koula) Fohe, and Joel Roberts. The group began years ago as the worship team for their church youth group which was named "Youth Exodus." The name stuck, and the Fohe brothers and crew became known as the reggae band Youth Exodus. The group toured widely and released an album called Youth Exodus Live in 2000. No longer really "youth" and now forging ahead with their own ministry, a new record & distribution contract with Lion of Zion Entertainment, and a new line-up, a name change was in order. Going back to their Tongan roots, the guys chose the name 'Imisi to capture the heart of their message and ministry. 'Imisi has been compared to everyone from Luciano to Gregory Isaacs, and even labeled "The Reggae Katinas." Fusing an unshakably God-centered message with the full intricacies of bona-fide Jamaican reggae, the message of these Pacific Islanders' lyrics stands in great contrast to the message in most of today's top secular reggae.
On their album "Visions of the Father," - the title track initially appeared as a standout track on Christafariís Gravity album - Davidís sweet textured voice eloquently contrasts Jubileeís smooth nasal tone and clever singjay stylings. The album took two years to record and was produced by the top players in the secular and gospel reggae markets; Quino from Big Mountain and Mark Mohr from Christafari. In addition to the vibrant vocals and lush harmonies, the band lays down some top-notch melodies and hypnotic beats. The bulk of the tunes here are easy skanking one drop gems, except for the Ska flavored song Everything and the three tunes Into Zion, Babylon System and Best Friend on which the band delivers some more uptempo riddims.
With heartfelt lyrics of praise sung smoothly over rolling bass-lines and infectious beats "Visons Of The Father" is an album worthwhile checking out.

Teacher & Mr. T.