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Album Review

Although reggae has always borrowed from other musical genres, and it's artists have displayed vast creative inclinations from the very beginning, Da Opera represents reggae innovation at its very best. Bucaneer takes his booming vocals where reggae has never gone before, marrying dancehall's raw "riddims" with opera's classical music and melodramatic sensibilities. The concept may sound ridiculous but this DJ makes it work, from the hilarious intro where he's mumbling about the opera house in Japanese, to the hot beats laced over the new age hit, "Fade Away," to "Bruk Out," sizzling over the "heavy metal" riddim, to the operatic chorus on "Soco Numa." Bursting with humor and contagious beats, this album is destined to become a classic. To use Bucaneer's words, it's "hot like lava."

Biography

Formed: 1974 in Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '90s

Even by the ever-changing standards of dancehall, where fans always want to hear something new and different, the 1996 breakthrough of Buccaneer was a shocker. That's because no one had demonstrated the desire, ability, or outright cojones to combine ragga toasting and opera before -- but not only did Buccaneer pull it off, he wound up with a massive hit in "Skettel Concerto" by doing so, and set the course for a career full of such genre-defying moments. Yet Andrew Bradford had been laying the groundwork...
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