Various artists album review
Dancehall Baptism Chapter Two
Lion Of Zion
24 - 11 - 2002
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.|
Lion Of Zion unleashes the much-anticipated second chapter in their Dancehall Baptism series. This one's also compiled by Christafari, a wicked sanctified, reggae dancehall compilation, containing 18 boomshot tracks by today's top gospel dancehall artists such as Sherwin Gardner, new Lion of Zion artists Tiko & Gitta, Monty G, Christafari and more. Dancehall reggae, also known as raggamuffin, toasting, chatting, chanting, reggae rap, DJ stylee, ragga, and Jamaican hip hop, is the sound of rapid fire Jamaican patois (pah-twa) vocals and infectious melodies over hypnotizing rhythms of pulsating beats and hard hitting bass. This genre is by far the most popular style of reggae. On any given week, approximately 70% of the albums found on Billboard Magazine’s “Top Reggae Albums” chart are dancehall compilations. Born in the dancehalls of Jamaica decades ago, the style made its way to Jamaica Queens, New York, and evolved into what we know today as rap/hip hop music. Spread worldwide by names such as Shabba Ranks and Beenie Man, this predecessor of today’s urban music in the USA continues growing stronger than ever, evidenced by the recent mega-success of mainstream contemporary superstar Shaggy. In the Christian market, artists like Christafari, Stitchie, & Papa San have been paving the way, coupling this same musical style with the positive and life-changing message of salvation in Christ. Outstanding artists like Sherwin Gardner, Monty G and new comers Tiko & Gitta deliver some of their best efforts, across new as well as well known riddims, such as the "Liquid" riddim.
The dynamic duo Tiko & Gitta contributes some three excellent tracks. With a solid vocal tone similar to the likes of Sizzla and Yami Bolo, Gitta, born Denton Peschier, is the soul of this team. While the second half of this pair may initially appear shy, get him behind a guitar and his spirit soars, hence his name Guitar Dan ('Gitta' for short). Raised in Trinidad, this humble and gentle spirit ignites when he has a mic in hand with his signature vocals that sail across the choruses, perfectly contrasting Tiko’s fire spitting raps.
Born and raised in Arima, Trinidad, Sherwin Gardner began singing at a young age and quickly learned to integrate his faith with the contemporary music of his Caribbean island. Sherwin is by far the most proficient and versatile deejay/vocalists in the Caribbean gospel arena. Here he's present with the awesome combination track Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, alongside Vanessa Briggs, and the tracks Know Love and Back To The Top.
The second time around.......baptizing the dancehall for Jesus Christ once again!