Various Artists Diwali Review

Compilation. Released May 2002.  

BBC Review

Diwali has taken the dancehall world by storm and has a good chance of going down as...

Darren 'Shaq-D' Springer 2002

Diwali has taken the dancehall world by storm and has a good chance of going down as the rhythm of the year. Diwali is a Hindu festival traditionally known as the 'Festival Of Lights' and unites the whole of India, this makes me think that the name for this rhythm track was chosen in order to try and unite the people of Jamaica in times of trouble. The exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks customarily accompany this celebration and this is also reflected on the rhythm with the constant hand clapping sound effect.

The Diwali is delivered with 20 different and worthy offerings from some of dancehalls no 1. artists blended with Jamaicas new and freshest talent. There is also a dance to go with the rhythm that involves hand clapping and foot stomping and is quite simple to follow.

The album kicks of with Bounty Killer the self styled 'Poor Peoples Prime Minster' sending out a message to the political leaders of Jamaica with a song entitled "Sufferer". This lyrical assault deals with the 'rich get richer and the poor get poorer' scenario and Bounty Killer's personal feelings on how the government has dealt or not dealt with this problem. For many people this song will be how they identify with the Diwali rhythm.

Wayne Wonder's "No Letting Go" has a soulful feel and demands an introduction which none of the other tunes have, this is definitely for lovers as the name suggests. The Energy God Elephant Man who is destined to be voted as this years Best Reggae Act at the MOBO awards jumps onto the rhythm in a unique fashion with a nursery rhyme style (ring-a-ring-a-rosy...) in "Elephant Message". What's the message I hear you ask, well its anything from bragging about having lots of money to him and his crew running the city.

Diwali also features Beenie Man, Cecile, Spragga Benz, Sean Paul, T.O.K, Tanya Stephens and Wayne Marshall to name but a few. Steven Lenky Marsden, who is one of Jamaica's new breed of dynamic talented musicians, produced the rhythm, he is featured as the last track on the album where he demonstrates his musical prowess in an instrumental arrangement.

The collection of songs skips through at a steady pace and if you are not really interested in the artists lyrics then the rhythm has enough in it to keep your head bouncing. In short if you like the rhythm you will love the compilation.

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