Various artists album review
Dancehall Baptism Chapter One
Lion Of Zion
24 - 12 - 2000

Tracking list

  1. Christafari - This Tribulation (Jump up Jungle Remix)
  2. Junior C - Rocky Road
  3. Jr. Miller - Jesus We a Praise
  4. Prodigal Son - Praise the Lord
  5. Ziggy Soul & K Gees - Draw Me Nearer
  6. Chevelle Franklyn - Radio Is Playing It
  7. Christafari - My Stereo
  8. Stitchie - Call Pon Him
  9. Prodigal Son - God Is Calling
  10. Todah & Melchizedek Order - Flex (Carnival Version)
  11. Junior C - Born For The Struggle
  12. Dj. Stereoman - Good News
  13. Stitchie - Solid Rock
  14. Chevelle Franklyn - Number One
  15. K Gees - Big Him Up
  16. Heaven Bound & Dr. Ring Ding - Life Is Too Short
  17. Todah & Melchizedek Order - God Is Real
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Christafari has been a trailblazer, pioneering a new genre of Christian reggae in the US. With their blending of traditional roots reggae mixed with contemporary dancehall reggae they have proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly with relevance to this generation. Christafari was founded by Mark Mohr (lead vocalist, producer, key songwriter and spokesperson) in 1989. Now an ordained Pastor, Mark is joined on stage by his wife, Vanessa, a vocalist, dancer and choreographer who has been with the band since 1992. In 1990 Mark Mohr started the mission organization “Jamaica for Jesus” through which he leads teams to the island for street evangelism, outreach concerts, backstage witnessing at Sunsplash, and teaching Vacation Bible School. Christafari also represents the Child Sponsorship Organization Food for the Hungry International.
Compiled by Christafari, this album is the first of its kind -a definitive, sanctified, reggae dancehall compilation, containing some tough hardcore dancehall tunes. It's an enhanced cd containing artists bios, photos, scrolling song lyrics and much more. As one might expect you will encounter frequently the themes of God's love, spiritual warfare, redemption, and the joy of Christ. In addition to dancehall, other musical genres that influence tracks on this album include hip hop, r&b, jungle, drum & bass, roots, soca, new wave, dance, and roots reggae. The roster of artists include well known artists such as Stitchie (formerly known as Lieutenant Stitchie) and Chevelle Franklyn. The other artists deliver solid efforts with highlights coming from Junior C with Rocky Road and Good News both drawn from his 1999 album 'Faith', Prodigal Son's Praise The Lord and God Is Calling both produced by Danny Brownie, the straight forward reggae tune My Stereo by Christafari, taken from the album "WordSound&Power", and my favorite track here, Heaven Bound & Dr. Ring Ding with Life Is Too Short, across an infectious riddim.
'Dancehall Baptism' is certainly an album one should check out.

Teacher & Mr. T.