Some gems are harder to find than others. Or maybe I’m just not always doing my homework properly. Because U.S. singer Sahra Indio’s third album The Tru I has been reviewed on United Reggae and she has also shared disc with well-known artists such as Lutan Fyah, The Itals and I Octane on the compilation Dread & Alive: The Lost Tapes Volume 1. But for some reason I missed out on this wonderful singer.
Sahra “Bush Mama” Indio has a deep, soothing and breezy voice and sings – sometimes with a flow reminiscent of rapping or singjaying – with a strong American accent. She moved from the U.S. mainland to Hawaii about 30 years ago and today she lives an off-grid lifestyle on the countryside. She has been in the music business for almost 20 years and her debut album was put out in 2003. Four years later it was time for its follow-up Change, a set partly produced by Tuff Lion, master guitarist and former member of Bambú Station.
On The Tru I she has teamed up with producers from the U.S., Jamaica and Europe, including Italy, Austria, the UK and France. This has given the album something of a split impression, since there are some rootsy efforts, some tracks with a clear pop crossover feeling and some cuts with a heavyweight and atmospheric dub edge.
But in the end it all makes sense, partly thanks to the strong riddims, partly thanks to Sahra Indio’s relevant lyrics about conscious living and uplifting, confident singing, which is a joy from start to finish.