...the nobility of the idea outshines the quality of the content.
Simon Coates 2002
Some snobs claim that true reggae must come from Jamaica, probably spending too much of their time memorising Studio One matrix numbers to notice the many quality international artists to have emerged in the past 2 decades. Sadly the contents of African Rebel Music will only confirm the prejudice of such narrow minded listeners.
This collection pulls together artists from across Africa, but the nobility of the idea outshines the quality of the content. Ugandan Peter Miles tiptoes through "Owange RMC", like a work-shy Kevin Lyttle, whilst East African Reggae Bashment Crew's MC is clearly out of Strepsils.
There is a rich seam of African reggae that appears to have been passed over in favour of less well known artists: there's no Alpha Blondy or Lucky Dube featured here.The search for the new seems to of become an excuse for releasing some mediocre material.