Go With Jah Riddim
November 15, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
In 2011, Brooklyn-based Taitu Records - a female-run roots reggae and dub label - released an Amanda Ford produced 10" vinyl single, featuring Daweh Congo's "Go With Jah" and Mark Wonder's "Real Battle Axe" accompanied by their respective dub versions done by UK-based Russ Disciple. Now, four years later, remixed versions of the Daweh Congo and Mark Wonder tunes appear on Taitu Records' roots juggling project called "Go With Jah" along with new cuts from reggae revivalists Kabaka Pyramid, Micah Shemaiah, Samory-I and Addis Pablo. And once again on board is also Russ Disciple, who's responsible for the dub versions of the Micah Shemaiah and Samory-I tunes.
Jamaican cultural singer Rohan Graham aka Daweh Congo, the under-recorded vocalist who impressed with his 1997 released astonishing debut album "Militancy", opens this collection of top notch roots tunes in great style with the tune that gave the riddim its name, "Go With Jah". Kabaka Pyramid's "Kings Of Kings" is an excellent effort, a true roots killer! Next is 25-year-old Samory-I, who hails from the Kencot community in the Corporate Area of Jamaica. Although it's hard to match the Kabaka Pyramid cut, this talented roots singer manages to deliver a tune that, in terms of quality, can keep up with the standard set by Kabaka Pyramid's song. It's followed by Russ D's awesome version of the vocal, "Till Shiloh Dub", which is a great bonus. Micah Shemaiah's "Dread Act" and its version keep the roots vibes flowing in a big way. Also "Real Battle Axe" by Mark Wonder is a winner, while Addis Pablo rounds off this set in fine style with a beautiful melodica piece.
All in all this is an excellent roots juggling project that shouldn't be overlooked!