Sunday, July 09, 2006

Redemption or Rejection?

Sizzla's new album, Waterhouse Redemption (Greensleeves), of mostly one-drop material produced by King Jammy$ (alongside his son JamII) is every bit as good as that combination sounds.

The set is lead off by the single "One Love," which rides a version of Black Uhuru's original, rootsy "I Love King Selassie" riddim. With major radio promotion behind “One Love,” including leaking the acapella to mixtape entrepreneurs, the tune could be this summer’s “Jamrock.”

King Jammy$, meanwhile, is being honored with his own retrospective and DVD.

But, according to the BBC, it’s not all love in the reggae universe–as activist groups announce that “the truce is off,” with dancehall artists who continue to perform homophobic songs.

As for dancehall fans looking for an insight into breaking new riddims,Dutch crew Ovadoze Movements has it on lockdown.

P.S. J'Cans big up yahself: Asafa Powell is still the world's fastest.