The Game Is Not Over
This originally ran in the St. Louis Post Dispatch in 1992.
This first domestic release from O'Yaba, a relatively
unknown yet highly talented reggae band, finds them
delivering a set of fresh roots sounds that will knock you
Formed in 1990, this septet hails from the Welkom area
of South Africa and is led by dynamic young vocalist,
Tshidiso Fako. This teenage sensation's composing skills
have a maturity well beyond his years and a smooth yet
powerful style that completely captivates (their sound is
similar to fellow South African superstar Lucky Dube, and,
not surprisingly, they share the same engineer).
From start to finish, "The Game Is Not Over" is 45
minutes of non-stop hypnotic reggae. The 10 tracks are a
well balanced collection from the band's first two
recordings, both best sellers in their native land.
This release should serve as a great introduction to
this promising young band. Take a chance on this one. With
O'Yaba, the game's not over, it's just beginning.
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