In Gambia

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Sizzla's journeys to Africa yield controversies -- buddying up with political leaders that have questionable pasts, presents, or both -- and concept albums. His other 2012 effort, The Chant, dealt with a visit to Zimbabwe while the inspiration for In Gambia is obvious, although some of this album was actually recorded in its namesake with final mixing done in Jamaica by producer Karim Thompson. The results are effervescent lyrics about the country's beauty, its struggle, its possibilities, and its people, especially the women, who get both respectful treatment "Woman of Creation" and the more Beenie Man approach don't tell the Bobo Dread, but "Gambian Girls" might be the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Jeffries
Sizzla's journeys to Africa yield controversies -- buddying up with political leaders that have questionable pasts, presents, or both -- and concept albums. His other 2012 effort, The Chant, dealt with a visit to Zimbabwe while the inspiration for In Gambia is obvious, although some of this album was actually recorded in its namesake with final mixing done in Jamaica by producer Karim Thompson. The results are effervescent lyrics about the country's beauty, its struggle, its possibilities, and its people, especially the women, who get both respectful treatment "Woman of Creation" and the more Beenie Man approach don't tell the Bobo Dread, but "Gambian Girls" might be the first strip club-worthy track from Sizzla, and you wouldn't be surprised if Pitbull showed up on the remix. Musically, the album is hip-hop-aware and wonderfully R&B-flavored at times as Thompson experiments with an interesting soundscape that's one drop by way of Wyclef, augmented with interesting touches like a furious flamenco guitar on "Make a Visit." Bible talk and pro-creation "Every man find a woman/Every woman find a man" sounds like a stern order on "Nothing Can Wrong" remain in play and that love-it-or-hate-it delivery remains a gruff chirp, although it's weathering nicely at this point, sounding like a dread version of Billie Holiday when Sizzla reaches for the falsetto. Being so conceptually focused on Gambia keeps this from being at the center of the man's huge discography, but it is still a welcome addition to any ravenous fan's collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2012
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 673405009529
  • Catalog Number: 0095
  • Sales rank: 96,700

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Welcome to Africa (2:36)
  2. 2 Blackman Rise (2:59)
  3. 3 Woman of Creation (3:26)
  4. 4 Nothing Can Wrong (3:11)
  5. 5 Feed the Children (3:32)
  6. 6 Too Much War (3:35)
  7. 7 Make a Visit (3:15)
  8. 8 Let It Grow - Jesse Jendah (4:07)
  9. 9 Gambian Girls (3:27)
  10. 10 Planet in Peril (3:24)
  11. 11 Where Is the Love (3:52)
  12. 12 Branded African (2:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sizzla Primary Artist
Paul Madden Bass
Shiah Coore Bass
Karim 'DJ Karim' Thompson Drums, Keyboards
Jathneil Randall Keyboards
Yohance Thompson Drums
Technical Credits
Paul Madden Composer
Paul Shields Mastering
Miguel Collins Composer, Executive Producer
Shiah Coore Composer
C. Bennett Composer
D. Henderson Composer
Karim 'DJ Karim' Thompson Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Richard "Breadback" Bramwell Engineer
Rannoy Gordon Composer
Nesta Garrick Art Direction
Jathneil Randall Composer
Yohance Thompson Composer
Ras Murphy Engineer
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