Ikahba is the latest artist to emanate
from the roots caldron currently bubbling on the island of St. Croix. His debut album
Troddin To Zion" was released in January of this on the Afrikan Roots Lab
record label. Like all ARL releases, "Troddin" features the preeminent roots
band, Midnite, laying down some wicked bass lines and rhythms. Add a heavy dose of
conscious lyrics along with Ron Benjamins unique engineering skills and youve
got the recipe for another cruzial album.
What distinguishes Ikahba is his
ability to intersperse his cool soothing vocals (that many people find similar to Tenor
Saw) with some chanting in which Ikahba throws down lyrics fierce and hard. This is
perhaps best illustrated on the song "Wha Happen To Dem".
crooning for about a minute over the "Maintain" riddim, Ika rips into some
an abomination now dem come ya so fe bring, de youths and dem borning mutated, a pure
vampire warmonger is what dem come ya breeding."
Fellow Afrikan Roots Lab recording
artist Mash joins Ikahba on the selection "Dem Skylarkin", with Dezarie sharing
vocals on the title track. The outstanding harmonies and subtle background vocals give the
entire album an easy-listening roots feel to it, yet the lyrics are piercing
Although "Troddin to Zion"
is Ikahbas first full album, he did contribute numerous selections to the
"Homegrown Vol. I" compilation under the name Ika Melody. Ikahba will be touring
this summer with Dezarie, and both will be performing at the 11th annual Sierra
Nevada World Music Festival.
Daniel - Ireggae.com
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