Jahmekya

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
From their earliest days, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers had gloried in crossing over sounds and blending genres, shoving reggae into the pop world, then dragging it out to the discos. But now the group was swiftly outgrowing this teenybop phase, maturing into adults with more sophisticated tastes. Ziggy was no longer the main songwriter, as his siblings joined in, notably David, who composed many of the tracks on Jahmekya. The album has a much tougher sound than previous records, and its digitized beats are indebted to Jamaica's dancehalls. Stephen's growing interest in this scene is evident on "Raw Riddim," a pure dancehall number, stripped down to the beats. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
From their earliest days, Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers had gloried in crossing over sounds and blending genres, shoving reggae into the pop world, then dragging it out to the discos. But now the group was swiftly outgrowing this teenybop phase, maturing into adults with more sophisticated tastes. Ziggy was no longer the main songwriter, as his siblings joined in, notably David, who composed many of the tracks on Jahmekya. The album has a much tougher sound than previous records, and its digitized beats are indebted to Jamaica's dancehalls. Stephen's growing interest in this scene is evident on "Raw Riddim," a pure dancehall number, stripped down to the beats. However, the other members of the group are pulling away from influences of their homeland toward the urban contemporary sounds pouring from the U.S. Much of Jahmekya explores this style, twining in funk, soul, and modern R&B into the group's mix. Of course there's still a sprinkling of reggae pop tracks and rootsy dance numbers, but it's clear that the group is moving beyond these old sounds and evolving a more contemporary style. This album would lose Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers much of their pop fan base, but earn them a more loyal adult audience. Once again, it was nominated for a Grammy; however, this time the group did not win.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778621720
  • Catalog Number: 86217
  • Sales rank: 59,548

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Raw Riddim (3:59)
  2. 2 Kozmik (6:16)
  3. 3 Rainbow Country (3:22)
  4. 4 Drastic (5:14)
  5. 5 Good Time (5:29)
  6. 6 What Conquers Defeat (2:39)
  7. 7 First Night (3:30)
  8. 8 Wrong Right Wrong (4:00)
  9. 9 Herbs An' Spices (Livicated to Big Ant) (4:03)
  10. 10 Problem With My Woman (3:49)
  11. 11 Jah Is True and Perfect (3:29)
  12. 12 Small People (3:15)
  13. 13 So Good, So Right (4:35)
  14. 14 Namibia (4:04)
  15. 15 New Time & Age (5:09)
  16. 16 Generation (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Primary Artist
Ziggy Marley Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Rita Marley Background Vocals
Melody Makers Track Performer
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Cedella Marley Booker Background Vocals
Glen Browne Bass
Tyrone Downie Piano, Horn, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Sharon Marley Prendergast Background Vocals
Stephen Marley Bass
Christopher Meredith Bass
Erica Newell Background Vocals
Glenn Rosenstein Guitar, Percussion
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson Percussion
Franklyn Waul Keyboards
Constantine Walker Guitar
Rick "Soldier" Will Percussion
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole Drums
Technical Credits
Giles Reaves Programming
Melody Makers Producer
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Programming
Greg Calbi Mastering
Glenn Rosenstein Producer
Steve Gerdes Illustrations
John David Parker Contributor
Melanie Nissen Art Direction
David Marley Composer
Glenn Rubenstein Producer
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