by Dactah Chando


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One thing that tends to set non-Jamaican reggae artists apart from their Yardie counterparts is their comfort in a whole variety of reggae subgenres. Whereas Jamaican performers may be seen by their home audiences as "dancehall" or "roots" or "ragga" or "Bobo" artists, if you're from, say, Tenerife your local audience is just going to think of you as a reggae dude and may not be prepared to draw fine distinctions. This frees you up to jump from digital dancehall to rockers to one-drop roots and culture whenever you feel like it. That seems to be the situation for Dactah Chando, a native of the Canary Islands and clearly a deep and longtime student of the whole spectrum of reggae verities. His debut album demonstrates several things about him: he's a very fine singer and songwriter, he's made friends with all the right people (guests include Tanya Stephens, Luciano, Gyptian, and Alborosie, among others), and he was wise to listen to the surf buddy who recommended that he team up with Cologne-based producer Guido Craveiro. Craveiro's rhythms are varied in style but consistently both heavy and sharp, at times pleasantly frayed around the edges with dubwise effects, at others burnished with an electro sheen that nicely sets off Chando's voice. Chando gets extra points for consistently singing and chatting in Canarian Spanish rather than trying to imitate Jamaican English -- but he loses a point or two for not knowing when to shut up. At 80 minutes, Clara is about 20 or 30 minutes too long; pleasant but unexceptional tracks like "Punto Com" and "Power Fi Chant" could have been reserved for B-side use, the better to accentuate the impact of real winners like "Wansagain," "Todo Es Jah," and "Abusadores" (which features the cameo appearance by Tanya Stephens). The dub mixes tacked onto the end are also all pretty pedestrian. Still, there's a solid hour of world-class reggae on this album, and it would seem churlish to complain too much about the makeweight material.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
Label: Echo Beach
UPC: 4047179582728
catalogNumber: 84

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dactah Chando   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Luciano   Vocals
Louie Culture   Vocals
Tanya Stephens   Vocals
Guido Craveiro   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Trombone,Drums,Horn,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Various,Finger Picking
Patrick Anthony   Trumpet
Gyptian   Vocals
Alborosie   Vocals
Til Schneider   Trombone
Pachango   Vocals,Background Vocals
Toby Nambur   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,cowbell
Sylvie Palma   Background Vocals
Mirta Junco   Background Vocals
Michael Reinhardt   Drums
Marco Vavassori   Guitar,Fills
Micha the Crool   Guitar
Racquel Mora   Background Vocals,Vocal Ad-Libs
Mandana Pötsch   Background Vocals
Chacaras y Tambores de Guadá   Musician
Manugazou   Guitar
Erdal Tosun   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Tanya Stephens   Composer
Jepther McClymont   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Guido Craveiro   Composer,Programming,Producer,Sound Design,Dub Mixing
Alberto D'Ascola   Composer
Antonio Fernando Bethencourt Sosa   Composer
Toby Nambur   Programming,drum programming,Drum Fills,Drum Sounds
Windel Beneto Eswards   Composer
Adriano Nesti   Composer
Frank Alessa Dellé   Composer
Tobias Pötsch   Composer,Producer
Lucas Mesa   Composer
Lewin Brown   Composer

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