For The Love Of Jah
TriniYard International
Digital Release
September 19, 2011

For The Love Of Jah - Various Artists Track list
  1. Norris Man - Try Life
  2. Jah Bami - Natural Love
  3. Ginjah - City Red
  4. Khari Kill feat. Marshalee Jones - Youth Dem (What A Gwan)
  5. Bobo Kush - King's Highway
  6. Kamray - Thank You Jah
  7. Addis Pablo - For The Love Of Jah
  8. Try Life Dub
  9. Natural Love Dub
  10. City Red Dub
  11. Youth Dem (What A Gwan) Dub
  12. King's Highway Dub
  13. Thank You Jah Dub
  14. For The Love Of Jah Dub
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4
The remarkable cultural 'one-riddim' set "For The Love Of Jah" is the first project, Addis Pablo Swaby -- son of reggae icon Augustus Pablo -- has done with TriniYard International's Jammy and Kabba of One Motion Music. Just like his legendary father did on countless classic vocal, instrumental and dub tracks, Addis Pablo plays melodica and keyboards on this digitally released 14 track compilation. Involved are also the Nyabinghi drummers Kojo (bass drum) and Valdo (repeater aka kette drum) of the Inna De Yard band.

Featuring guest vocalists Norris Man, Ginjah, Marshalee Jones, Bobo Kush and Kamray from Jamaica, and Jah Bami and Khari Kill from Trinidad & Tobago/US, this entertaining album comes in the well loved and much respected style of Augustus Pablo's music from the 1970s. The first half of "For The Love Of Jah" -- we would call it Side A if it was a vinyl album -- includes six haunting vocal cuts and Addis Pablo's instrumental track, while the second part features the dub mixes of these tracks. As album opener, Norris Man's "Try Life" instantly makes clear that we're not dealing with the common 'one riddim' set. The musical backdrop turns out to be a mind-blowing, deep meditative roots riddim, with Norris Man vocally and lyrically making a decent impression. Next piece comes from vocalist Jah Bami, who delivers the solid "Natural Love".

Ginjah's awesome "City Red" is a real killer tune and without any doubt one of the highpoints of this set. In recent years Khari Kill attracted our attention with a few notable songs including "Picture Of Selassie", "Bird Pepper", "While I'm Living", and "Mary Grandson". Here he puts out a solid effort with angelic backing vocals from unknown female singer Marshalee Jones. It's obvious that it's hard for lesser known artists like Bobo Kush and Kamray to match the previous efforts, and although their tunes ain't bad at all, they don't manage to reach to high quality level of their predecessors. Addis Pablo rounds off the first part in very fine style, and then gives way for a bunch of truly blistering, heavyweight dub mixes.

Any fan of deep roots music & heavyweight dub sounds, shouldn't overlook this great set.