Liberty Hall Riddim
Gully Bank Musik
September 21, 2015
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4/5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4/5|
The London-based reggae producer David 'Scorpion' Harris, head of Gully Bank Musik Ltd, salutes Marcus Garvey with the first juggling project in a new series of 'riddims' based on Garvey's legacy. The "Liberty Hall" riddim, the first of these productions, will be followed by the "Amy Jacques Garvey" (named for Garvey's second wife) and the "Whirlwind", and just like the "Liberty Hall", these projects will feature a fine cast of roots acts.
The brand new "Liberty Hall" is a refined live played modern roots riddim that has been voiced by a selection of intriguing artists. First there's Doniki, one of Jamaica's most underrated roots singers, who recorded his first song "She Give Me Icky" for Mikey Tomlinson in 1982. Later on he formed a duo with Steady Ranks which in 1997 led to the release of an album by the Ocho Rios-based Kariang label called "Come To Give Praises". 2006 saw Doniki's long awaited debut solo album entitled "Radical Expressions", produced by Kariang and licensed to the now defunct French Makasound label. Doniki's "World Leaders" bears further proof of the singers' skills at both vocal delivery and social commentary.
Another intriguing name featured here is Kiddus I, a veteran artist who earned cult status with his remarkable appearance in "Rockers", the best Jamaican reggae movie ever from 1978. Kiddus I's "Blessings Of The World", delivered in the artist's inimitable style, is a compelling conscious tune. "Blessings Of The World" shows that vocally he's still in very good shape and also lyrically he still stands out. Real big tune! And then there's Richie Loop, a dancehall artist who is mainly known for songs done over computer-generated beats. "From Di Ghetto" introduces the listener to the roots side of this Jones Town-born artist, and we have to admit that he manages to leave a good impression with his social commentary. Hezron's beautiful voice comes to full expression on the decent "Road Block", while RC aka Righteous Child delivers a fully satisfying effort with "The Only Way Is Working Hard". Never heard of Leantre before, but with the powerful 'Heads Ah Guh Roll" she shows that she's an artist to keep an eye on as does Sophia Squire with "Mi Nuh Kno".
A great modern roots riddim with solid to excellent cuts... what more do you want!