Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

I-Cient-Cy Mau & The Mau Mau Warriors
When Words Come To Life
I Mau Mau Productions
CD
October 19, 2010

Icientcy Mau And The Mau Mau Warriors Track list
  1. Jah Blessings
  2. Works To Do
  3. Caan Follow None A Dem
  4. Struggle
  5. Soo Truee
  6. When Words Come To Life
  7. Empress
  8. Every Day Dem Warr
  9. We Are From Trench Town
  10. Give Thanks And Praises
  11. The Outter View
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I-Cient-Cy Mau, real name Junior Desmond Williams, is the second son of Eliza "Ms Shirley" Temple from Clarendon and Edmond "Painter" Williams from St. Elizabeth. In the 1980s the latter was known as Junior Ranking, forming a rather successful deejay duo with Papa Finnigan. Their first album "Two The Hard Way" -- recorded for Anthony Benbow Creary and Chris Meredith in 1983 -- created quite a buzz, while their follow up album "Easy We Easy" propelled them to perform to packed houses in Jamaica and abroad.

Almost thirty years later I-Cient-Cy Mau, who was born and raised in the outmost parts of Jamaica's ghettos namely Central Village in Spanish Town and Kingston's Trench Town, follows in the footsteps of his father and continues the musical tradition of Trench Town. While attending Excelsior High School he read about the Mau Mau movement, being Kenya's militant resistance against British colonial rule, that began in 1946 and ended in 1961 with many Mau Mau warriors loosing their lives. His connection to their plight made him realize he would some day draw upon their strength and inspiration, putting it into his music. Thus this gave birth to the name of his band, The Mau Mau Warriors, which consists of Jermaine "Gadget" Reid (lead & rhythm guitar, vocalist), Jermaine "Songo" Wilson (drums), Damion Benjamin (bass), Jeffrey Graham (keyboards), Richardo "St. Patrick" Lawrence (percussion) and Karlene "Nina" Levy (harmony vocals).

The names of Jermaine "Songo" Wilson and Damion Benjamin are lacking in the list of musicians credited, but instead you'll find the names of experienced musicians such as Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Wilburn "Squidly" Cole, Dean Fraser, Tony Greene, Sticky Thompson, Tony "Asher" Brisette, Danny "Firehouse" Dennis, and Chris Meredith... indeed the one who also produced the debut album of I-Cient-Cy Mau's father back in the days.

"When Words Come To Life", a well produced collection of tunes, is an example of what currently some of the up-and-coming Jamaican conscious artists -- Rootz Underground, The Uprising Roots, and Protoje can also be reckoned amongst them -- are trying to do, namely bringing back some originality into contemporary Reggae music. All riddims are fresh originals played by real musicians, created with the intention to be used by one artist only. I-Cient-Cy Mau has a distinctive voice, which can't be compared with any other reggae artist. Furthermore the listener is left pondering after hearing the lyrics to most of his songs, something that makes it worthwhile to play his tunes over and over again. "Jah Blessings" is the wonderful album opener, followed by the no.1 hit single "Works To Do", a compelling tune with nice saxophone play by Dean Fraser, and the current single "Caan Follow None A Dem". The latter, actually an inspirational prayer, has a huge vibe and is an outstanding effort.

"Struggle", a song that everyone can relate to as it pretains to our day to day lives, is a solid piece and the same goes for "Soo Truee", which has a decent roots rock sound. The title track "When Words Come To Life" let's us all know that the words we choose brings about the reality we all live. Great song and definitely one of the standouts! Also "Everyday Dem Warr" is a song of sheer beauty and one that we can hear over and over again. Before the solid "Give Thanks And Praises" rounds off the sung tracks, it's the joyful sounding "We Are From Trench Town", in which I-Cient-Cy Mau pays tribute to and also paints a vivid picture of Trench Town, that leaves a decent impression. Instead of including "The Outer View" (actually a short interview with I-Cient-Cy Mau) it would have been better to include another tune (or even more) because that's what one really wants to hear from I-Cient-Cy Mau!!

Overall opinion is that "When Words Come To Life" is a worthwhile debut set from a much promising Jamaican artist, who hopefully is going to treat us to more great musical works in the near future.