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!
The first music to touch us this week really caught us by surprise. I can not remember the last time I heard the name Brushy One String. He returns with a lively & vibsy new tune done live in the streets with his one string guitar. The song is called 'Rising Up.' Sounds like an old rock n roll song to me with Jamaican flavor.
Mikey General is no stranger to reggae music. At this point, he has to be a modern day veteran. Formerly of the Exterminator crew, then Luciano's sparring partner and now a true reggae soldier. His latest album 'Tewahedo' which means united in Amahric, is the pinnacle of all of his hard work. This is a combination of talent meets maturation. I have not heard such a good full album from the General. Every track has resonance with the I. Of course, all Mikey's "Glory To Jah' 'Not Man' is his best. His 'Real Friends' Spectacular & Bhingi Ghost have joined him on the album. When a different perspective is presented & it is seen it the light, it's a beautiful thing. Take 'Nah Rob' & 'Nothing Beats A Failure But A Try.' Both songs aimed at the youth. Nobody wants to rob so if the youth have opportunities there would be no need to rob and it beats a failure. Give the youth a bligh. Stand firm and do not let no one push you over, it is called 'Militancy.' The General covers a classic 'Can I change Your Mind.' From this song to the end the album looses a little steam. The songs remain good and nice just not as high of a standard as the 9 prior, which just shows the real strength of this album. The album starts with it's strongest songs & material. A mention must be given to the producers of the album at Irie Sounds International. Many wise words and lessons on 'Tewahedo' and all done with love & in the name of Jah. Big up yourself Mikey General.
Bushman releases a new album under the name 'Conquering Lion.' Purely conscious reggae music. The album starts with a great intro from the original movie star Charlie Chaplin. Great words and it continues with songs like 'Always On My Mind' and 'How You Living.' The true essence of the album is rooted in the name of the King of Kings 'King Rastafari' the 'Conquering Lion' of Judah. At then end of the day it's 'Music.'.
Tifa links with one of Jamaica's best veteran DJs Kurt Riley and the two come up with a hot dancehall uptempo tune called 'One Dance, Once Chance.' Crossover potential and awakens the musical beast inside Tifa who cant look back now. Not sure if this is clean or not. Its a good vibe tune though.
Ragga soca a run the place right now and the Stationery riddim will add to the cause. Good riddim with 6 tunes on the riddim I am feeling the Shortpree, Lavaman & Image. Image has a craft on this one putting a one night dance into song. It's a real talent how he did that.
Kevin Lyttle has made a return. His next hit is 'Turna' and is a bit umm suggestive. He has a way with these types of soca songs. Ladies, as usual, he's talking to you.
Sowflo has released their second single in as many weeks. The latest is called 'Amelia.'It's a song about a girl at the bar. From a singer who sees it all the time.