Various artists album review
Jah Warrior Showcase
Jah Warrior Records
21 - 11 - 1999
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
The UK based roots reggae label 'Jah Warrior Records' was founded in 1995 by former sound system operator Jah Warrior. Always noted for weighty riddims, conscious vocals and creative dub mixes, the labels catalogue encompasses the cream of modern UK roots reggae.|
This album showcases the talents of singers and deejays on both original riddim tracks and classic versions, all accompanied by heavyweight dubs. Reggae veteran Peter Broggs recently released the 7" single "Jah Golden Throne" on Jah Warrior Records and is now working on an album for Jah Warrior. Jamaican vocalist Tony Roots has been involved in music since age 9 when he began playing guitar. He's a promising and conscious new singer whose track See Them A Come makes a solid impression. Born in Jamaica, Hughie Izachaar is a session guitarist and singer who has recorded with Jah Shaka and the Mad Professor and released a wealth of material for UK producers including Barry Isaacs and King Original. For me his tune -Just A Little Spliff is the highlight of the the album.
Afrikan Simba hails from Nigeria. He's one of the leading mc's in London, having worked with sound systems such as Jah Shaka, Sir Coxsone and Aba Shanti. Patience is a good tune. Culture Freeman tours regularly with the Bush Chemists throughout Europe and also mc's for for Jah Warrior at sound systems events. Meditation Rock is a fine tune, reminiscent to the far East sound of Agustus Pablo.
Tena Stelin is one of the longest established singers on the UK new roots scene. His anthemic singles "Jah Equity" and "Can't Touch Jah" still receive regular sound system play a decade after release. His performance on Freedom is as good as you would expect. The disc closes with two cd bonus tracks by Jah Warrior.
This showcase set will be enjoyed by everyone with a taste of contemporary roots reggae.