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27 août 2012 1 27 /08 /août /2012 12:00



Origine du Groupe : Jamaica
Style : Reggae
Sortie : 2012

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By Valentin Zill  from http://www.reggaeville.com

It seems as if currently two producers were marching ahead of the European reggae movement: Daddy Zigo, drummer of French stars Dub Inc. and owner and mastermind behind Greenyard Records, and Moritz “Da Baron” von Korff, bass player of Dub Inc. and the mastermind behind Munich-based Oneness Records. The later had already stirred up the scene with albums like Naptali‘s Long Journey, together with his partner Benjamin Zecher. With both Greenyard and Oneness Records, the concept seems to be to pick an underrated artist from back ah yard and give him a chance to shine in the European market.

This time, Oneness chose Mark Wonder, of whom the Jamaican Observer stated last year: “The irony though, is that while the dreadlocked roots reggae singer is not very well known in his homeland, Jamaica, he has been working wonders with his music on the European market for a number of years.” With his last album, The True Story of Mark Wonder and Friends, the singer from Kingston had received accolades. Did he work wonders again? The album comes with generous 15 tunes that for the most part are based on Oneness riddims, recorded live with musicians from Gentleman and Dub Inc., ranking among the most skilled ones in Europe. Sara Lugo, Sista Lou, Raymond Wright, Jahcoustix, Nicky Burt and others provide excellent backing vocals. Musically, Working Wonders is definitely a gem - even for Oneness‘ high standards.

And lyricswise? Mark Wonder rides the riddims with convincing confidence, singing cultural, lovers and praise tunes. No, he does not reinvent the wheel here, but delivers solid works nevertheless. He teams up with Sizzla, Natural Black and Mikey Melody for featurings. All in all Wonder presents one of the most coherent albums so far this year - nothing really outstanding but an effort that is unique in terms of its overall quality.

Tracklist :
01. Ancient Of Days
02. The World Needs Love
03. Soul Deep
04. My Child
05. Guilding Light Feat. Sizzla
06. Distant Lover
07. On This Day
08. Woman Of The Nile
09. As The World Turns
10. Fighting Soldiers
11. Jah Love Is So Amazing
12. Working Wonders
13. Freedom Street
14. Zions Glory
15. Send Down The Rain


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