Various artists album review
CD / 2LP
30 - 06 - 2002

Tracking list

  1. Bounty Killer feat. Wayne Marshall - Sufferer
  2. Tanya Stephens - Can't Touch Me No More
  3. Wayne Wonder - No Letting Go
  4. Assassin - Ruffest & Tuffest
  5. Danny English & Egg Nog - Party Time
  6. Elephant Man - Elephant Message
  7. T.O.K. - Galang Gal
  8. Beenie Man - That's Right
  9. Ce'Cile - Respect Yuh Wife
  10. Wayne Marshall - Overcome
  11. Spragga Benz - Gonna Fight
  12. Degree - Inna
  13. Zumjay - Zumjay
  14. Anthony B - Girls Buss
  15. Chrissy D - Make It Real Good
  16. Hawkeye - Bubble & Wine
  17. Bling Dawg - Alright For You
  18. Mega Banton - It's OK
  19. Madd Anju - Dem A Go Hard
  20. Lenky - XM24
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

"Diwali" is the title of a massive riddim that is featured on "Greensleeves Rhythm Album #27". Produced by one of Jamaica's dynamic talented musicians Steve "Lenky" Marsden - also known as a prominent member of Buju Banton's Til Shiloh band and from his association with ace producer Donovan Germain - has created a fabulous, infectious riddim. It's just a simple 'hand clapping' riddim, but it's so brilliantly put together that it is already mashing up the dancefloors and airwaves worldwide. Unlike most "one riddim" sets the "Diwali" doesn't get boring after several listening sessions. There's always something new to experience as not every piece comes with the same mix. Seemingly done with the artist's personal style in mind the mix often carries a slightly different vibe. Simply compare Bounty Killer's ferocious "Sufferer" with Wayne Wonder's poppy "No Letting Go" or Elephant Man's wicked "Elephant Message" and you'll know what it's all about. Although this version album contains enough notable tracks that are worth mentioning we simply stick to the very best. The most outrageous cut is delivered by Bounty Killer, no doubt about that. His ferocious "Sufferer" - featuring rising star Wayne Marshall - sees the Poor People's Governor stand up for the sufferers. Tanya Stephens' makes a serious impression with "Can't Touch Me No More". This tune fully displays her great voice which combines a rootsy vibe with a smooth feel. Wayne Wonder shines in "No Letting Go", a song with strong crossover potential. Also coming on strong are Assassin's "Ruffest & Tuffest", T.O.K.'s "Galang Gal", Beenie Man's "That's Right" and Wayne Marshall's celebrated "Overcome". Also one of Jamaica's leading female dancehall artists, Ce'Cile, delivers a great tune entitled "Respect Yuh Wife". Lenky's intrumental piece "XM24" rounds off this great set which fully showcases why the "Diwali" has taken Jamaica - and then the rest of the world - by storm when the first cuts started to appear on single.

Teacher & Mr. T.