In 1992, Nasio Fontaine (from the island of Dominica) travelled to Jamaica to
record his first full-length album, “Reggae Power.” Finally released two years later, this
outstanding debut garnered some great press. In a review for the BEAT, Chuck Foster hit it right on the head when he wrote, “apparently [Bob Marley]
inhabited the young man of African and Native West (Amer)Indian descent, utilizing
Kingston’s Mixing Lab studio and a musical lineup that included such luminaries as Keith
Sterling and Robbie Lyn. Roots Radics drummer Carl Ayton and guitarist Dwight Pinkney
also help manifest what sounds for all the world like the “next” Bob Marley album in
logical progression from later works Survival, Confrontation and Uprising.”
Hard to believe, but it’s true. The lyrical content, along with Nasio's delivery, the crisp, clean sound, excellent
songwriting and usage of gorgeous female harmonies is truly reminiscent of where the great
Bob Marley was trodding. “Reggae Power” contains ten tracks and just under 45 minutes of non-stop
killers, from the infectious “Armed And Dangerous” to the nyabinghi “Wanna Go Home.”
This disc truly has some of the catchiest Reggae music you’ll ever hear.
Although the arrangements and musicianship are superb, Nasio really shines as a
lyricist, as he is as concise and sincere as it gets. The first words out of his mouth from the
opener (the aforementioned “Armed And Dangerous”) are: “Every head of Government
t’rough the Earth is Armed and Dangerous.” And he continues on throughout the release,
always with something meaningful to say.
On “Racial Pride,” he sings:
“Be you black, be you white. It doesn’t matter...We
could still live as one. Tell you why.
Racial Pride is a cancer
Prejudice is a disaster
are ways and means to divide the people, yeah!
Racism is a catastrophe
Reviving hate and
Trodding through the hearts and minds of I-Manity, yeah!”
Each and every other song is also a KILLER! Just check out the titles: “Under Attack,”
“Africa We Love,” “Jah Won’t Forsake I,” “Justice,” “Unite,” “Jah Jah See” and “No
Nasio Fontaine is a righteous Rastaman who is delivering music and a message which needs to
be heard. This artist will be a major superstar one day, mark my words. He's presently hard at work on a new
release, but until then, if you love Reggae music and especially if you take it seriously, check out “Reggae Power.”
I guarantee it'll blow you away!
To check out my review of "Revolution"... REVOLUTION
To check out my review of "Living In The Positive"... LIVING
IN THE POSITIVE.
To check out my review of "Universal Cry"... UNIVERSAL CRY
To check out my feature article on Nasio in the BEAT... ARTICLE
To listen to my interview with Nasio (you must have Real Player)...RADIO
To check out some pictures from my trip to Dominica... PICS
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