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I Am an African
     

I Am an African

by Winston Dale
 
There are lots of good reggae singers and lots of bad ones, but very few who are actually interesting. Winston Dale is certainly one of these few. It wouldn't be exactly accurate to say that he has a great voice, but he is a very good singer and regularly overcomes the natural limitations of his instrument. On "Lonely Night" he jumps back and forth unpredictably

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There are lots of good reggae singers and lots of bad ones, but very few who are actually interesting. Winston Dale is certainly one of these few. It wouldn't be exactly accurate to say that he has a great voice, but he is a very good singer and regularly overcomes the natural limitations of his instrument. On "Lonely Night" he jumps back and forth unpredictably between a falsetto lover's rock croon and a strange, guttural croak, with brief interludes of singjay chatting. On "Sounds Executioner" he teams up with deejay Daddy Blue for a swinging dancehall combo performance, and "Searching," while not exactly Dale's strongest singing moment, is a sweetly natured and nicely arranged soca tune. There are a couple of serious missteps, including the really awful "No Reason" (on which he sings the melody like he's making it up on the spot, while a synthesized banjo plunks in the background) and its even worse companion instrumental version, titled "Port Antonio Serenade." So much of this album is strangely fascinating, however, that it's recommended anyway.

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Release Date:
01/25/2000
Label:
T.p. Records
UPC:
0695831226226
catalogNumber:
2262

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