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No Compromise

No Compromise marks the 20th anniversary of this pioneering Christian reggae band, and the group has aged well. Led by pastor Mark Mohr, Christafari continues to blend fully credible roots and dancehall reggae with an unapologetically evangelical Christian message, and that blend has never sounded better than it does on these 15 tracks. Nearly every one of them features a guest appearance by a similarly inclined singer or deejay, most of them relatively obscure (Solomon Jabby, Dominic Balli) but a few of them -- notably the great dancehall chatter Papa San -- are fairly well-known. One mark of Christafari's maturity is the band's ability to switch styles without sounding at all dilettante-ish -- they sound as comfortable in a bouncy soca mode on "Hands Up" as they do recapitulating a vintage roots rhythm on "Try Jah Love," or riding the more modern grooves of "Compromise/Slippery Slope" and the anti-abortion anthem "Protesters." There are a few slightly awkward moments, such as the somewhat overwrought vocals on "Move in You Reprise" and the gospel-inflected and frankly kind of soft-in-the-middle "Messiah." But overall, Christafari is not only the best gospel-reggae band currently working, but is also one of the best reggae bands out there, period, as this album proves again.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/18/2009
Label: Lion Of Zion Records
UPC: 0804879197720
catalogNumber: 1977
Rank: 121573

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Christafari   Primary Artist
Redcloud   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Troy Anthony   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Lynette White   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nigel Lewis   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Monty G   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Prodigal Son   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Urban D.   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Avion Blackman   Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
David Fohe   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Greg Mohr   Harmonica
Mark Mohr   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Centeno   Trumpet
Solomon Jabby   Organ,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Nigel Lewis   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dominic Balli   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rogé Abergel & Kingdom Culture   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Kristine Alicia   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ricardo Clarke   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Reubin Heights   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Nengo Vieira   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rogé Abergel   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Ricardo Clarke   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Fire Kid   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Dj Counsellor   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Troy Anthony   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Jenkins   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Landlord   Vocals,Guest Appearance
David Urquidi   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Christafari   Arranger
Redcloud   Composer
Troy Anthony   Arranger
Nigel Lewis   Arranger,Composer
Prodigal Son   Arranger
Avion Blackman   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mark Mohr   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Horn Arrangements
Carlos Centeno   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Solomon Jabby   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Graphic Design
Nigel Lewis   Arranger
Christopher Jenkins   Composer
Dominic Balli   Composer
Gospelreggae.Com All-Stars   Arranger
Ramont Green   Composer
Troy Anthony   Arranger
David Urquidi   Arranger

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