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Mista Savona Presents Warn The Nation
Various
Soulbeats Records
CD
August 6, 2011

Warn the Nation - Mista Savona Track list
  1. Bongo Herman feat. Capleton & Burro Banton - Drum Song
  2. Sizzla - Why Does The World Cry
  3. Anthony B - Chant For The Poor
  4. Massyka - Dreams Of Tomorrow (Remix)
  5. Determine & Jornick - Mother Earth
  6. Bugle - Jah Protect Us
  7. Vida-Sunshyne feat. Determine & Crystal - Heard It All Before
  8. Junie Platinum - Stumble And Fall (Enemy Scatter Remix)
  9. Capleton - Prove Dem Wrong
  10. Alton Ellis - Chant Rasta Sound
  11. Burro Banton - Clean Air Clean Country
  12. Prince Alla - Captive Bird
  13. Mista Savona - Captive Dub
  14. Mista Savona - Song for Jah
  15. Horace Andy - Change Your Ways
  16. Sizzla - Why Does The World Cry (Acoustic Version)
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From Australia (via France) comes the compilation "Warn The Nation" with production works from one of Down Under's best reggae producers, Jake Savona aka Mista Savona. The latter, who originally hails from Melbourne, has put out three albums before he came up with this exceptional 16 track album, which was officially released in July 2010 on the Elefant Traks imprint, and then in 2011 picked up by Soulbeats Records from France in order to make it available for the European reggae massive. Actually a good initiative from the French label as this album truly deserves to be heard by any reggae aficionado.

For this project Mista Savona, who besides being a producer is also a keyboardist, songwriter and engineer, has -- apart from local artist Vida-Sunshyne -- collaborated with renown Jamaican artists such as Sizzla, Burro Banton, Capleton, Horace Andy, Anthony B, and the late great Alton Ellis, as well as with upcoming Jamaican talents like Massyka and Junie Platinum. This "Warn The Nation" set fully showcases Mista Savona's starting point when producing tunes, namely bringing original, quality music with power, intensity, depth and beautiful production.

The compilation kicks off with a great version of Studio One's classic "Drum Song" riddim (re-titled "Fire Dragon"), and right from the start it's obvious that we're treated to reggae music with (sometimes) a different twist. Master musician Bongo Herman showcases his unparalleled drumming skills, while both Capleton and Burro Banton deliver conscious spoken words on this Middle Eastern flavored riddim. And that's exactly what this project is all about... consciousness. Injustice, environmental protection and inequality between the rich and poor are themes that are dealt with throughout the entire album. Sizzla is in real good shape, delivering the outstanding "Why Does The World Cry" over the refurnished "Drum Song" riddim. At the end of the album, the song returns in its acoustic version. Also Anthony B impresses with "Chant For The Poor", and the same does Alton Ellis with "Chant Rasta Sound", Burro Banton with "Clean Air Clean Country" (again on the "Fire Dragon" riddim), Prince Alla with "Captive Bird", and Horace Andy with "Change Your Ways".

Now being available on a larger scale than before, "Warn The Nation" is no longer a hidden treasure. So make sure you check it out!