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World Music CD Reviews Reggae & Caribbean

Tony Tuff

By Matt Scheiner
Published August 23, 2007

Say Something
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Tony Tuff does more than just say something on this release—he makes you believe that reggae’s creators are directing its future. Tuff comes correct with an engaging combo of chill dancehall and positive and conscious vibes. Tuff, who got his start with the African Brothers (alongside Sugar Minott and Derrick Howard) in the 1960s, delivers 14 tracks full of hope and wisdom. His dancehall-lite shines through on “Action,” which includes a thumping bass line, syncopated rhythms and a soft yet commanding message: Lead by example and the crowd will always follow you. “Fulfillment” with Smokie Benz, “Real” and “Mankind” with Al Pancho bring modern and traditional together for a fresh sound. Tuff is unbeatable on Say Something, produced by Brotherman with the Firehouse Crew.