SHOK WAVE is your weekly new REGGAE music blog. SHOK WAVE finds music that is out there in the form of Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Ska, Dub, Reggae Rock & anything else musical with a Caribbean origin and in any language.
Here is what we found this week.......Enjoy!
A new legend is being born for roots reggae music in true a true rastaman style.This 'Reggae Lion' releases his third album 'Reload.' A bassist & guitarist born in St Ann's, this 'Lion' is keeping the vibe & spirit of Burning Spear alive with his sound & message. There's definitely 'No Mediocre Vybez' & purely 'Reggae Greeting' on "Reload."
The album starts in a true rastaman fashion with a kette drum style beat as he walks through babylon 'Danger Zone' and in a similar message & musical styling, there's 'One Day' and 'Jah Will' too. Know that in Jamaica, everyday is 'Another Bram Bram' which makes the system wrong. This is the opposite of a bam bam. 'Home Sweet Home' has a like ska feel that really has ture talent in the way he sings the hook. There's a beautiful song in 'Sunshine In My Eyes,' a former single. 'Rolling Stone' reminds me of a reggae version of the great Bob Dylan in concept & lyrically. There's definitely 'No Mediocre Vybez' on "Reload." The title tracks dub vocal mix is next, the true dub comes 5 tracks later with the titlw track last and one of it's best because it's 'fyah.' This is music that's 'Not Just In Memory,' best seen live because I-Taweh has lived most of his life on the road as a musician.This is also the only other song to get a dub on the album. If it's 'Code Red(We Tired)' it's dread.
Finally, I-Taweh is reaping his rewards a career 'Reload.' Catch the 'vybez' while him you can, only his music will last forever.
Patrice Roberts 'ICU'
What a way to start the new year & decade with a song of Caribbean unity. One of my favorite soca artists, Patrice Roberts sets the pace with 'ICU.' She's shouting all the soca powerhouses: Barbados, Antigua, St Vincent, St Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada and of course her homeland of Trinidad, who gets it throughout the whole song. The video shows all the flags. A true Caribbean calling of unity.
Blaxx & Explainer 'Soca Link Up'
The first thing about this song is it's old soca/calypso feel. It's real soca. A musical style of Trinidad that, unfortunately, is seeing it's dying days. One of the few modern soca artists keeping it alive is Blaxx. This is his second song with Explainer in nearly as many years. This is what we need, more of these link ups. 'I feeling it, it's soca time. Soca wall to wall don't stop at all.'
Donnie Cupid - Tonight (feat. Fiji)
Any guy that loves a woman can relate to this song so it's got a sexy feel to it. Add Fiji to it & it's a hit.