the mighty U ROY is considered to be the
originator of Toasting. Long before RAP was
there, in Jamaica the Deejays were chatting
(toasting) over music already. So one could
say, that U ROY is the Godfather of Rap. And
this CD is considered by some to be the best
U ROY album so here you have it!
Jah Son of Africa is actually released in
the year 1978 and it is recently published
again. The album has no bonus tracks; it's
just the original album containing 9 tracks,
but the fact it is placed in the mid-price
section compensates this abundantly!
Especially because this is an "all
killer, no filler" type of album.
One of the nice aspects of Toasting, is
the interaction between the singer and the
toaster. You'll hear a few lines of singing,
and then U Roy responding to that. When the
singers sing about worries, for example, U
Roy will respond with a comforting message
about JAH JAH taking care.
The set starts with a killer version of
Bob Marley's militant anthem
"Exodus". It's not played by the
Wailers, however, but by the Gladiators.
More original Gladiators recordings on this
album are "Rivers Of Babylon" and
"Herbman Skanking" (Stick A Bush).
But it's not only the Gladiators who
contributed, there's also Ken Boothe, Judy
Mowatt and Brent Dowe. A significant part of
the CD is drummed by Horsemouth, one of
Burning Spear's original drummers and one of
the main characters in the reggae movie
"Rockers", a classic in itself.
The other parts are played by Sly Dunbar,
one of the tightest drummers ever to walk on
the face of the earth.
Without apology, I would say this album
is a must in your collection. It contains
the best elements of one of the best times
in reggae. Hard riddims, a lot of dub mixing
(echo's), serious lyrics, and all this in
Some additional Information found on the
Internet: "I am working here from
memory but if this is the U Roy album that
begins with the airplane taking off (one of
his best, IMO) then the original was never
released and there is a very interesting
story behind it.
That album was originally recorded by
Tony Robinson as an album by the Gladiators.
For some reason unknown to me, Tony gave the
album over to U Roy and never released the
vocal LP. If you listen closely to the
original vocal tracks in the mix, you will
recognize the voice of Albert Griffiths who,
needless to say, was not very happy about
Perhaps this decision was made based on
what was at that time reported to be
considerable success that U Roy was having
with sales in Africa but I can not verify
that. What I can say is that it is one hell
of a U Roy album. That explains why there
are no "originals" to these