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!
Mister Leu & The Nyabinghers "Born To Reggae"
Mister Leu & The Nyabinghers are a French band and very new. They single mostly in French. The name Nyabinghers comes in honor of Prince Nyabinghi, who was killed fighting those who enslaved others. "Born To Reggae" is their brand new debut album, the title track starts the album and first single. Mr Leu was basically 'Born To Reggae' as his parents played it his whole life.'Give Me Fire' is a love song with a mix of French & English in a rocksteady style. Respect is paid to The Skatalites in 'Flower For Albert.' 'La Grande Illusion' is about the bad side of the internet and musically interesting in the use of an instrument I can not pinpoint yet sounds good. I love mento and it's an original Jamaican style of music you dont get much anymore. So when Mr Leu decided to don't 'Le Meo Du Poissonner' is was a nice surprise and done well. The next song denounces the cries of intolerance and religion by supporting love and respect. A second ska instrumental is 'Gamera.' 'I Fell In Love With You' is a love song dedicated to all woman. Mr Leu feels every musician needs to play their part in not only cleaning up this planet, he also feels they need to incorporate this topic into their music and be on every album. so here's his contribution, 'Detoxication' is what Our Mother Earth needs. Lastly, the real jazz to the album takes its Jamaican offset in the form of ska. It's a classic Charlie Parker tune called 'Segment.' Lastly, it's a latin ska tune called 'Dieguito' and the love Argentinians have for footballer Diego Maradona.
"Born To Reggae" is an interesting album and has a different sound. This album is meant to be very representative of the band with the sounds of reggae, ska, rocksteady & jazz. It's refreshing to hear these sounds done a bit different and that's what stands out most about this album. One of those sounds is the harmonica and it does not sound like your typical harmonica.
Kelissa 'Don't Be Fooled' from her new Mixtape "Anbessa World"
This mixtape will take Kelissa to another level in her musical career. The first step will be 'Don't Be Fooled' on the classi reggae/dancehall riddim 'The Stagalag.' Many may say so because it's on the Stagalag. Well the riddim has to take some credit. The main reason this is one of her better tracks is that it has a great melody, flow of words and style unlike anything else I have heard from Kelissa. I have never heard her singjay like she does on this track and several others on the mixtape. Gwaan girl the 'Anbessa World' is taking off.