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.