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World Music CD Reviews Africa

VARIOUS ARTISTS

By SHAVANA WONG
Published April 17, 2006

African Rebel Music—Roots Reggae and Dancehall
Out Here

This compilation of reggae artists from 11 African countries offers a surprising rebuttal to the widespread contention that reggae and dancehall are native to Jamaica and the Caribbean. It includes such African artists as the popular Necessary Noize, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Prince Dully Sykes, 994 Crew, East African Reggae Bashment Crew and H2O. African Rebel Music is quite an important collection because it finally showcases some of the budding reggae and dancehall talent that has been emerging from Africa recently. Tracks such as H2O’s “African” and Tiken Jah Fakoly’s “Tonton d’America” speak about what it means to be an African in today’s world, and about the great influence the West (particularly America) has on African society. The compilation not only makes you want to get on the dancefloor, it makes you think, and proves that reggae can be made by anyone with the proper spirit.