Australian and Melbourne-resident Mista Savona rose to worldwide prominence with the Fire Dragon riddim, an inspired and clever relick of the Drum Song riddim, originally recorded at Studio One. This percussion driven Middle Eastern flavored masterpiece was in 2009 voiced by huge artists such as Sizzla and Burro Banton.
Their cuts are, along with 14 others, represented on the Mista Savona produced compilation titled Warn the Nation, released last year in Australia, and now in Europe and the U.S.
This is a multi-riddim album, and the only riddim that is represented with more than two cuts are Fire Dragon. Apart from the aforementioned versions, there is an semi-instrumental Bongo Herman lead cut and Sizzla also does it acoustic style, on a lick where he is in fine form, jumping from total despair to joyfulness. It’s such a blessing to hear Sizzla when he’s on top of the game.
Warn the Nation is a conscious, raw and dense reggae album that deals with environmental issues, injustice and inequality.
It is heavily influenced by hip-hop, dancehall and dubstep as well as Indian and Middle Eastern music. Just listen to the pounding Stumble & Fall (Enemies Scatter Mix) featuring Junie Platinum or the straight one drop Chant Rasta Sound, one of the last cuts from the late Alton Ellis.
Mista Savona has managed to produce a compilation that is both uniform and diverse. It is remarkable that this gem has been hidden Down Under for so long.
Warn the Nation hits the streets on June 10.