KING OF THE ZULU TRIBE








The way that Shaka tells it, during the recording of this album, Max Romeo was so overwhelmed with joy at being able to express himself on his own terms after more than a decade that he voiced the entire session with a huge beam on his face throughout. Certainly, this LP picks up from where Romeo left off after his seminal seventies sets "War Ina Babylon" and "Revelation Time", the main concession to modern taste found only in the digital rhythms. Also, it is very much a Jah Shaka interpretation, exemplified by the booming b-lines that many of his fervent followers hook into. This set finds Max Romeo in top form. It is a far more seaworthy vessel than his "Ginalship" of yore, and the title track a bass heavy proclamation of faith that borrows vaguely from his earlier reworking of the spiritual "Every Man Aught To Know". The opening track, "No Man Is Perfect", illustrates Biblical parables to prove as much, and indeed many of the songs quote extensively from the Holy Book, like the thunderous "Kumbia", "Praise Him" and "Don't Try". Reworkings of "Rich People" and "Melt Away" come as an added bonus. Stepping out of Babylon in steppers style.

Penny Reel ~ Echoes ~ 21 March 1992


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