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Rasta Government by Takana Zion

Rasta Government by Takana Zion

Rasta Government by Takana Zion

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A truly enjoyable listening experience.


Guinean singjay Takana Zion has just put out his third album. Rasta Government was recorded at the legendary Harry J studio in Jamaica and includes the anthemic Capleton duet Glory. United Reggae's Erik Magni has trouble finding words and is both passionate and impressed.

I don’t know where to begin. I lack words to describe my feelings, but I’ve an urge to at least try to convey my emotions when listening to Takana Zion’s third full length album 'Rasta Government'.

Takana Zion - Rasta GovernmentJoy, pride and euphoria are words that run through my mind when writing this. But also thoughtfulness and honesty, because the lyrics on 'Rasta Government' is a cultural affair and deals with injustice, inequality, love and unity. Song writers such as Winston Rodney and Bob Marley spring to mind.

Takana Zion has outperformed himself this time. His first and second albums were highly impressive efforts, but the third one takes things just a little bit further.

'Rasta Government' is uncompromising roots reggae in a 70’s style. Takana Zion has toned down the African influences to a minimum and sings mostly in English, whereas his previous albums have included at least four different languages. This makes his new effort his most accessible album yet.

He has previously been described as an African version of Sizzla. Sure, Takana Zion is a singjay sensation from Guinea, but his voice has matured and on 'Rasta Government' his singing is better than ever. You can hear a resemblance to both Garnett Silk and Culture’s late lead singer Joseph Hill. But Takana Zion has a modern edge. His raspy, angry and desperate tone has an uplifting sincerity.

I sometimes complain that contemporary reggae albums contain too many tunes. This time it’s the opposite. Ten tracks are just not enough. Luckily though, Takana Zion is just 24 years old, so he has plenty of time recording another set of classics.

The music that was created in Harry J’s studio in Jamaica by producers Sam Clayton and Stephen Stewart as well as musicians such as Sly Dunbar when recording 'Rasta Government' is bliss. This is the best album I’ve heard so far this year.

I hope that these words have got through and that you understand how I feel. Because this is not a review, this is a love letter.

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Posted by tidianediallo on 05.21.2011
I am Tidiane Diallo. I like Takana Zion and his fans.

Posted by mamadou lamarana diallo on 06.28.2011
I would like to know when he comes back in Guinea ?

Posted by PAGASE on 07.13.2011
Mr. Editor, please a person from Guinea is a Guinean and not Guianese as reported. Hope this can be corrected.

Posted by Camille on 07.13.2011
Thanks PAGASE, it is fixed now.

Posted by M.CONDE on 10.18.2011
Big up TAKANA! ... Best African reggae ever, I got your 2 album already and cant wait to get this as well and this time you got some Jamaican connection. Keep it up Guinea man!!

Posted by jah soja on 07.22.2012
Keep representing the youth of Africa. Me luv ur music u see. Bless.

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