Various artists album review
To The King
Lion Of Zion
March 31 - 2003
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
Christafari has been a trailblazer, pioneering a new genre of Christian reggae in the US. With their blending of traditional roots reggae mixed with contemporary dancehall reggae they
have proclaimed the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly with relevance to this generation. Christafari was founded by Mark Mohr (lead vocalist, producer, key songwriter and
spokesperson) in 1989. Now an ordained Pastor, Mark is joined on stage by his wife, Vanessa, a vocalist, dancer and choreographer who has been with the band since 1992. In 1990
Mark Mohr started the mission organization “Jamaica for Jesus” through which he leads teams to the island for street evangelism, outreach concerts, backstage witnessing at Sunsplash, and teaching Vacation Bible School. Christafari also represents the Child Sponsorship Organization Food for the Hungry International.|
Following the label's Reggae Worship series pioneered by Christafari, Lion of Zion Entertainment has set out to take praise and worship to a next level with the contemporary roots reggae and urban dancehall praise album aptly titled "To the King" and subtitled "Dancehall Reggae Songs of Praise". The title is taken from the word "Reggae" which is said to derive from the Latin word "Regis", literally meaning "to the king."
The release contains some seventeen tracks with heart-felt lyrics of praise and some strong melodies. The cd includes songs from top Caribbean artists such as Sherwin Gardner, Monty G, and Tiko & Gitta to name a few, and relatively unknown names such as Solomon Jabby who contributes the Augustus Pablo influenced instrumental tune A Way In The Wilderness, and the impressive Youth Exodus. Everything is a great ska tune, whilst the album opener Always And Forevermore is fine melodic one drop reggae tune. Geneman brings a great praising tune called Dancin' & Praisin'.
With this new compilation series Lion of Zion hopes to take reggae songs of praise back to their true foundation and they hope to direct more wayward counter-culture youths towards King Jesus and give Christians some variety within the praise & worship music genre.