Takana Zion returns to roots reggae on Good Life

TakanaZion-GoodLife-VisuelGuinean singer Takana Zion returns to the rootsier side of reggae with his brand new album Good Life. A wise decision since his eclectic Kakilambe was a disappointment.

Good Life follows the same recipe as the monumental Rasta Government. The new album was also recorded in Jamaica – at Tuff Gong and not Harry J’s this time – with Sam Clayton at the controls and working with legendary local talents such as drummer Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, sax maestro Dean Fraser and bass man Errol “Flabba” Holt.

Takana Zion is one of Africa’s finest reggae singers. Probably the best in my opinion. His sound is darker, rootiser and more uncompromising compared to greats such as Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly. He is a versatile artist equally at ease with both dread singing and singjaying.

Highlights include the uplifting album opener Africa Unite, pulsating nyabinghi take Congo Dreadlocks, the positive Hit My Soul – with its infectious sing-a-long chorus – and the dubby Mosiah Marcus.

Iconic singer Bunny Wailer also turns up on the album adding spirituality to When Jah Speaks. It’s not an ordinary combination track; it’s more like an endorsement from Bunny Wailer.

A solid set, though not nearly as strong as Rasta Government.

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