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TONY REBEL - IF JAH
In many ways, Tony Rebel honors his name. Ever since the early 1990's this name has been a symbol for consciousness of the highest degree. And with this 1997 album called "If JAH (is standing by my side, then why should I be afraid?)", the Rebel has set a definitive standard.

A standard that will be appriciloved by all conscious people. Even those that are not into what is called "dancehall" will be thrilled by the tracks on the disc. The riddims are crucial, the production is fat and you can't deny Tony Rebel's voice.

You can see that Tony Rebel is a post-vinyl artist. "IF JAH" doesn't contain 10 tracks, but over 15!  Unfortunately, though, two of these tracks are basically remixes of other titles on the album. However, that doesn't take away the fact that all these tunes are killers and thrillers: none is a filler.

The bass goes deeper then pre-digital music, of course. Not an insignificant detail, to say the least. Often, the music starts with some words before the drum and bass drop in, emphasizing this effect. It's crucial for titles such as "Warning", one of my favorite tracks at the moment.

Marcia Griffiths and Mutabaruka are an interesting combination in itself. Both have a special guest appearance on IF JAH. The righteousness and truth that Mutabaruka (Jamaican DUB Poet) stands for, combined with the conscious and soulfull voice of Marcia Griffiths (formerly background singer for Bob Marley and The Wailers), more or less symbolize what Tony Rebel stands for.

Some call it dancehall, and others will call it roots. They're both right and they're both wrong. This is the best of dancehall and the best of roots combined in what is not a combination but a genuine style. While you dance and jump to the riddims, Tony Rebel's voice will introduce you to some serious truths.

This is the kind of music you put on for strength, inspiration and encouragement. This is the kind of music you put on to get yourself into some heavy skanking as well. 

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