Buju and Friends

Buju and Friends

by Buju Banton
     
 
Jamaican dancehall veteran Buju Banton has featured duets with a wide array of artists on his albums right from the beginning, and this two-disc 33-track compilation from VP Records collects several of them in one convenient package. There's none of the slackness here that brought Banton his first taste of fame (and controversy), and his remarkable (and critically

Overview

Jamaican dancehall veteran Buju Banton has featured duets with a wide array of artists on his albums right from the beginning, and this two-disc 33-track compilation from VP Records collects several of them in one convenient package. There's none of the slackness here that brought Banton his first taste of fame (and controversy), and his remarkable (and critically lauded) conversion to socially conscious material is well in evidence. Buju's gruff-voiced DJ stance has always been stronger than his singing side, and these pairings with the likes of Beres Hammond, Toots Hibbert, Garnett Silk, and Gregory Isaacs play to his strengths, as he leaves the singing to the pros and interjects his powerful raps at key junctures. Among the highlights here (and there are plenty) are the steamrolling groove of "Little More Time" with Hammond, the quirky and cautionary "Ring the Alarm" with Tenor Saw, a heartfelt "I Dare Not Be Ungrateful" with Heptones singer and bassist Leroy Sibbles, and a barn-burning version of "54-46 That's My Number" with Toots Hibbert of the Maytals, a pairing that -- in hindsight -- seems as obvious and natural as the sun and moon. The anthemic "No More Misty Days" with punk-pop group Rancid is surprisingly effective, as is the lovely and soothing "23rd Psalm" with Morgan Heritage. One of the most striking tracks is Banton's duet with the late Garnett Silk on the gorgeous and vital "Complaint." Banton has continually bridged the distance between hardcore dancehall and socially conscious roots reggae, even embracing hip-hop, R&B, and straight pop elements in his music, and as an emblem of positive synthesis, his position in Jamaican music (and internationally) in the 21st century is vital. Dedicated Buju fans may well already have most of the these tracks, but having these songs collected together like this in a single package makes a sprawling testament to Banton's inclusive vision.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2004
Label:
Penthouse Records
UPC:
0054645226424
catalogNumber:
2264

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Bonafide Love
  2. Who Say
  3. Little More Time
  4. Wicked Dickie
  5. Hotness
  6. Love Dem Bad
  7. Teaser
  8. Get It On
  9. What I'm Gonna Do
  10. I Do
  11. We Set the Principal
  12. Ring the Alarm
  13. Watch How You Flex
  14. A So
  15. Weary
  16. Hang On
  17. I Dare Not Be Ungrateful
  18. 54-46 That's My Number

Disc 2

  1. 23rd Psalm
  2. Massa God World
  3. Complaint
  4. Give I Strength
  5. We Will Be Alright
  6. Mother's Cry
  7. Sound in the Air
  8. Can You Play Some More
  9. My Woman Now
  10. Childish Games
  11. Closer
  12. Poor Old Man
  13. Want It
  14. Make My Day
  15. Commitment
  16. No More Misty Days
  17. Tribal War
  18. Good Times
  19. All Will Be Fine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Myrie   Primary Artist,Vocals
Toots Hibbert   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Marley   Composer
Dave Kelly   Composer
Mark Myrie   Liner Notes,Composer,Producer
Ed Robinson   Composer
Tim Armstrong   Composer
Patrick Barrett   Composer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne   Composer
Haldane Danny Browne   Producer
Anthony Cameron   Composer
Von Wayne Charles   Composer
Mikey Chung   Composer
Clevie   Producer
Donald Dennis   Composer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Dean Fraser   Producer
Donovan Germain   Producer,Executive Producer
Joseph Hill   Composer
Gregory Isaacs   Composer
W. Johnson   Composer
D. Kelly   Composer
Robert Lyn   Composer
Stephen Marley   Producer
Nadine Sutherland   Composer
H. Browne   Composer
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Composer
Steelie   Producer
Winston Riley   Composer,Producer
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Composer
Garnett Smith   Composer
Carl Bright   Composer
Dean Drummond   Producer
Rodney Price   Composer
Frank Burt   Composer
D. Wilson   Composer
M. Myrie   Composer
Anthony Rochester   Composer
Delmar Drummond   Producer
Edward Warren   Producer

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