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Ginjah - Never Lost My Way

Ginjah - Never Lost My Way

Ginjah - Never Lost My Way

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Ginjah and Flava deliver a very mature debut set.


The term 'up and coming' is one which is often overused in music, as you'll often find 'up and comers' who have been making music for quite some time and it's something which is actually reflected in their output. In Reggae music, in particular, there're a number of artists currently 'wearing' the title despite being well beyond its limits, literally and musically and one such artist is definitely the talented Ginjah. While his name may be new to many fans worldwide, Ginjah has been playing his trade now for quite some time, having originally risen to prominence as a disciple of the legendary Beres Hammond around the turn of the century, so when you hear what you hear when this wonderfully voiced singer sings, you shouldn't at all be surprised that a 'new comer' could make such nice vibes.

Away from Hammond's direction, Ginjah has begun to make a name for himself and has become one of the most dependable and consistent hitmakers in Roots Reggae today and has done so largely with the help of super-producer, Kemar 'Flava' McGregor, who now brings to the masses Ginjah's much anticipated debut album, "Never Lost My Way", on his No Doubt Records imprint. The album is so named after one of the biggest tunes the duo has done together and that incredible inspirational vibe is, unsurprisingly, the class of the album named after it. The song appears on the enchanting Rub-A-Dub Riddim and has become one of the singer's signature tunes and greatest hits to date. Ginjah largely has his choice of Flava's increasingly dominant catalogue of riddims on the album - So fans may be familiar with the sounds of big songs like 'Time' [from the recent Classic Riddim], 'Solidarity' [Ghetto Riddim], 'Day Dreamer' [83 Riddim], 'Prayer' [Sweet Riddim] and others, but in the case of most of these songs neither familiarity nor time itself has diminished their quality to any degree and they are excellent additions to the album.

Less familiar, but definitely no less crucial, is a song like the beautiful and moving 'No Regrets' which is a special vibe. The tune features Ginjah in a very reflective mood discussing his own personal journey in life and it is easily one of the best tunes to be found here. The same could be said for the also not too familiar women's empowerment tune, 'One Of A Kind'. And if the subject is big tunes, then arguably Ginjah's biggest to date, his first Jamaican #1 song, 'Music Alone' is also present and still has so much of the original luster which made it a favourite of so many.

The album does seem to have a running theme, as well, which is simply the power and the potential power of the music. Ginjah is an inspirational singer at his core and regardless of what subject he's singing on at any given point, it's generally very inspirational and just beautiful as well. "Never Lost My Way" is recommended to any fan of modern Roots Reggae who may be looking for a little 'sweetener' in their collections from Ginjah - Far from an 'up and comer', making vibes like this.

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