Various artists album review
R.A.W. 2000 ~ Reggae For The New Millennium
Ruff Stuff Records
19 - 08 - 1999

Tracking list

  1. Isaac Haile Selassie - Unite
  2. Nasio Fontaine - Armed And Dangerous
  3. Dr. Ring Ding & H.P. Setter - 54 Knights vs. The Smoker
  4. Reggae Cowboys - Lighten Up
  5. Ras Nas - Trouble In Dub
  6. Whispering Lion - UP2US
  7. Rising Lion - Landmine
  8. Isaac Miller & Solid Earth - Mankind
  9. Tonca - Committed To Jah
  10. Cosmo - Victim Of The System
  11. Irie Time - Que Haces Tu ?
  12. Ice Melter & Dr. Ring Ding - Rockumbine
  13. Mystic Vibration - Busy Street
  14. Jerri Jhetto - Kanayo
  15. Dub Factory - Kaise Guzar Rahi Hai
  16. Collington Daley - Humble I Humble
  17. Root Awakening - It Shall Be Dread
  18. Fyah Wyah - On The Beach
  19. Batta - Good Loving
  20. Patrick Junior - Shower Me With Jah Love
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

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

Reggae artists from all edges of the world are represented on this fine compilation set from R.A.W., which stands for "Reggae Ambassadors Worldwide". Its over one thousand members include performing artists, deejays, veejays, managers, producers, promotors, record labels, reviewers, writers, shops, distributors, publishers, photographers, archivists, vendors and hundreds of commited reggae fans in 53 countries. The concept of the album covers the main goal of this non-profit organization : "Link up reggae fans all over the world to network and further the reggae vibe.".
This album unmistakebly proves that Reggae music has no bounderies as it features contributions of Reggae artists from 11 different nations. All tracks are mainly roots-oriented and predominantly gathered from previously released albums. Included is the excellent "Armed And Dangerous" from the talented singer, songwriter and composer Nasio Fontaine's first official album "Reggae Power". Furthermore you can listen to reggae from Germany presented by Dr. Ring Ding & H.P. Setter. Their "54 Knights vs. The Smoker" - an awesome instrumental/dubstyle rendition of Keith & Tex's classic hit "Tonight" - makes clear that they have succeeded in creating a unique and refreshing sound. This tune and their album H.P. Setter Presents Riddim In Exile" makes one eagerly awaiting further productions. Isaac Haile Selassie's "Unite", Collington Daley's Humble I Humble, Mystic Vibration's Busy Street" and Patrick Junior's "Shower Me With Jah Love" - from his debut album "Love Is The Message" - are other great tunes included on this 20 track album, which is well worth checking out if your reggae preference is mainly roots.

Teacher & Mr. T.