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Album Review

Reggae performer Majek Fashek knows what he wants, and like great soul, reggae, and Afro-beat leaders of yesteryear, particularly James Brown and Fela Kuti, Fashek gets what he wants. As a result, the lead track, "Let It Shine," opens with the musician asking, "Do you feel Ire?" before horns kick in however many shots of brass he asks for. This is the type of music that hits you in the hips before anywhere else, fusing rock, African, Latin, and soul into a great, infectious blend. Other cornerstones like Marley are obvious, particularly in Fashek's delivery. Just as enthralling and enticing is the jazzier, mid-tempo "Our Father," which relies more on Fashek and some great horn accents. In a way it brings to mind "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" by the Police. Footloose and fancy free, the island groove behind "Man of Sorrow" is excellent, encouraging you to sit back and relax for the next seven minutes and change. Its biggest asset is how easily the flow makes the song's length seem immaterial, resembling an ambitious Wyclef Jean. And it's difficult not to think of Marley's "Stir It Up" when Fashek doles out the tender and stellar "I Am Not Afraid" although the guitar riffs are quite needless. The title track is a cheery, hopeful song that features several backing harmonizers, giving it more of a spiritual feeling. But "Josiah King of Kings" leaves a bit to be desired, sounding is if they mined this musical ground earlier in the album. And again, needless rock guitar! A cover of Kuti's "Water No Get Enemy" brings the record back up to snuff with Fashek letting the music do most of the talking. Homestretch efforts such as the soothing "Jobe Lamentation" and the roots-based, campfire-ish "Someday, One Day" make this a very good and near perfect album.


Born: Lagos, Nigeria

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

African reggae star Majek Fashek (born: Majekodunmi Fasheke) attracted international attention, in 1987, when his self-penned tune, "Send Down The Rain," seemed to coax a rain storm that ended one of the worst draughts in Nigeria' s history. Labled a "prophet", Fashek went on to become one of Africa's greatest reggae-influenced performers. His debut solo album, Prisoner Of Conscience, released in 1988, sold more than 200,000 copies in Nigeria alone. Born in Benin City, once the center of the ancient...
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Little Patience, Majek Fashek
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  • $18.99
  • Genres: World, Music, Reggae
  • Released: 27 September 2005

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