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Lava Ground
     

Lava Ground

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by I-Wayne
 

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The tide of taste in Jamaica is finally beginning to turn away from hard, hip-hop-derived beats and violent, slack lyrics and toward rootsier and more organic rhythms. The timing couldn't have been better for the young I Wayne, whose voice is one of the sweetest, most natural-sounding instruments to appear on the reggae scene since

Overview

The tide of taste in Jamaica is finally beginning to turn away from hard, hip-hop-derived beats and violent, slack lyrics and toward rootsier and more organic rhythms. The timing couldn't have been better for the young I Wayne, whose voice is one of the sweetest, most natural-sounding instruments to appear on the reggae scene since Johnny Clarke was recording for Bunny Lee, and whose preoccupations are the same as those that informed the best music of the roots era: the divinity of Haile Selassie, the wickedness of Babylon, the perfidy of women. (Those themes don't always lead to edifying lyrics, but they do tend to inspire deeply satisfying grooves.) His debut album is a well-balanced collection of neo-roots anthems that deal with the reality of Rastafari and the dangers of technology ("Rastafari Liveth"), the superiority of natural living ("More Life"), the dire future of Babylon ("Keep Burning Rome"), and the fact that women should not be prostitutes and should do whatever he tells them to ("Ready Fe Live Up"). As is usually the case with roots reggae, especially of the last few years, the thin line between righteousness and self-righteousness is blurred and sometimes even eradicated, to irritating effect. But man, those grooves.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645170222
catalogNumber:
1702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

I-Wayne   Primary Artist,Vocals
Harmony   Vocals
Ansel Collins   Flute,Keyboards
Dalton Browne   Harmony
Mikey Chung   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Saxophone
Melbourne Miller   Drums
Dwight Richards   Trumpet
Nambo Robinson   Trombone
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Bass Guitar
Paul Crossdale   Guitar,Keyboards
Maria Smith   Harmony
Nikki Burt   Harmony
Carol Dexter   Harmony
Mitchum Chin   Guitar
Richard Dawkins   Drums
Ellenore "Brady" Walters   Harmony
Althea Layne Hamilton   Harmony
Fire Startrz   Track Performer
Fire Chess   Vocals
Fire Star   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ansel Collins   Producer
P. Henry   Composer
W. Michael Lewis   Composer
Collin "Bulbie" York   Engineer
Cegricia Hamilton   Engineer
Nigel Burrell   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
D. Dennis   Composer
Patrick Henry   Audio Production
R. Ellis   Composer
Chris Chin   Executive Producer
Erik Steinbach   Promotional Director
Richard Ellis   Arranger,Producer
Courtney McClaughlin   Engineer
Neil "Diamond" Edwards   Producer,Executive Producer
Shawn "Promo" King   Promotional Director
Stephen Gibbs   Arranger,Producer
Yolan Zanders   Promotional Director
Nigel Burrel   Audio Production

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Lava Ground 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, you dont come across reggae albums like this often...Takin it back to the roots. His voice is a little wierd on some songs, but still sweet on alot of the tracks. My favoritez are "Don't Worry", "Mama and Papa" and "Nah draw Nil" ---this song is over a remade riddim of "Number One" by gregory isaacs...now that is Off the HOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On Lava Ground, I Wayne espouses his Rastafarian belief with a melody and harmony. I Wayne's voice is not overpowering, but soothing, with a message that is clear as Bob Marley's classic songs. I Wayne is against abortion, telling baby mothers Don't Worry (track 6). He also tells of the santicty of life on More Life (track 4), and Life Seeds (track 4). I Wayne speaks out curses bleaching (where skin lightening cream is used to give lighter complexion) on Bleacher (track 5). Parents are encouraged to raise children in the right way on Grow Proper (track 16). The two biggest hits on Lava Ground are Can't Satisfy Her (track 15), speaking out against prostitution, and Living in Love (track 16). Living In Love speaks out about the ongoing gang and gun violence in the inner cities of Jamaica, encourages farming, talks about the rich not sharing their lands with the poor. What is amazing about Lava Ground is that the messages are clear, melodic, with very vibrant and pulsating riddims. A very excellent alternative to Sean Paul's Trinity