Crucial Times [Reggae]

RELEASE: 29.01.2010

LABEL: Greensleeves

VERTRIEB: Groove Attack


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“Crucial Times” is the new album by Sizzla, and celebrates his close work with mentor and producer Homer Harris, collecting thirteen carefully chosen tracks that clearly demonstrate the signature power and urgency of the mighty Sizzla Kalonji. A proven talent born straight from Genesis, Sizzla stands proud as reggae’s number one cultural ambassador and this new album offers solid proof that he has never strayed from the light and salvation of his strong musical message, offering much-needed love and hope for the people in these “Crucial Times”.

Miguel Collins aka Sizzla Kalonji, a Bobo Ashanti dread born 1976 in August Town/Kingston, Jamaica, made his first musical steps as a singer for Caveman Hi-Fi. His energetic singjay-style and spiritual lyrics earned him enthusiastic acclaim already with his 1995 debut album “Burning Up”, while the 1997 follow-up “Black Woman & Child” was an international breakthrough, which brought Sizzla the 1998 MoBo award and a place in various magazines’ top 100 albums of the year. At that time, Sizzla was part of Phillip Burrel’s XTerminator stable, touring with Luciano and other artists of the new roots & culture wave.

Sizzla is very prolific, even by Jamaican standards. Since 1995, he has released over 30 albums and most likely over 400 singles. With such an enormous output, fans often complain about the mediocrity of a lot of the material, yet Sizzla again and again manages to surprise his listeners with a quality album after a few mediocre ones. Especially in the year 2000 Sizzla aroused controversy with his lyrics in several ways.

First, European listeners and gay-right organisations took offence at his partly homophobic lyrics. Second, Sizzla’s explicit description of sexual issues in some of his tunes, as well as his reportedly extravagant lifestyle, led to a break-up not only with his Rastafarian ex-colleagues like Luciano, but also with the Bobo Ashanti order, whose elders repeatedly distanced themselves from Sizzla’s music and lifestyle, while the later still considers himself a Bobo Ashanti member.

Despite all the controversies, Sizzla remains a major figure in Jamaican music, and his throaty singing style became a trademark for a whole new generation of militant rastafarian singers and deejays.

(Quelle: Groove Attack, 2009)


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