Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ijahman strikes again
roarscach | Barcelona(Spain) | 10/16/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second chapter of Ijahman career was this superb Are We A Warrior, following the lines showed in Haile I Hymn. Mesmerizing voice, original roots reggae music, featuring some of the most wanted musicians on the island, and Levy's unique blend of church spirit and rasta groanings. Excellent Mouldings in here."
True Rasta Reggea
Curdiegirl | Evanston, IL United States | 09/27/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One reason that reggae has made such a good name for itself is
the different forms that it has been able to take over time. This album is an example of Rasta reggea - music made in a fashion that is not only sonically engaging, but also thoughtful, and spiritually expressive.I Jahman calls to mind lazy Sunday afternoons, sitting outside in nature and feeling peaceful. If you enjoy meditation or even just being at home in your thoughts,this is a very calming album that conveys a subdued mental state of calm. If you don't go in for that sort of thing forget I said it.Of the many recorded reggae artists, I Jahman has received very little commercial attention. Not withstanding the fact that this record came out in 1979. If you are interested in hearing reggea from a rasta point of view, look no further. Even if you just want to enjoy something new, I recommend it highly.Its a toss up between the Moulding and The Church, which is my favorite. The Moulding touches on a rasta sensibility of the beauty of nature, reflective of a divine presence. The Church is an ode to the human form, and its particular role in reflecting the same presence mentioned above.The inflection in I Jahman's deeply accented voice charms the listener, as though he really wishes you to hear what he is saying.I admit I can't remember what Two Sides of Love sounds like all the way through. My copy is an LP, which hasn't had a player to play on for some time. My recollection is that it starts out very slow - but you can hear that on the sample. Miss Beverly is another that I don't remember as clearly. The Church, The Moulding and Are We A Warrior are three of my all time favorite reggae songs, so maybe they are just hard to top on one album.four stars - essential to a reggea collector. Excellent example of rasta reggea, pleasing to the ear and heart. Great for a casual listener as well."
Coalhouse Walker Junior | Seattle, WA USA | 08/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
""A We a Warrior" is truly an overlooked gem for the waning years of roots reggae's Golden Era. With only five tracks on the entire album, Ijahman takes the opportunity to languidly suss out each tune to the fullest. Every song is at least five minutes long. Several of the cuts are nearly 8 minutes long and not a moment is wasted. The result is a mystical, lush, yearning, spiritual (The Church), and, yes, sexy (check Ms. Beverly) soundscape that is still phophetic and futuristic sounding nearly three decades after is original release. Ijahman sings as though he is truly possessed by a mystical muse. The backing band on this album could easily be an allstar list of Jamaica's finest studio musicians of the era: They are nothing less than precise as they construct deep grooves that build upon and transcend the classic one-drop sound that was so (rightfully) pervasive at the time. There is a dark edge to Ijahman's spirituality and that's what makes this record exceptional. This is not tourist Jamaican music, nor is it poppy or hippy-dippy reggae and there are no touchy, feelly, "everything is irie" (although the grooves are indeed deep) anthems here. The style, rythm and lyrics are unapologetically revolutionary, African and Rastafarian. This not to say that those who simply enjoy great music will be put off: Above all else, the music here is sublime and richly melodic. This ones for those who seek a deeper roots sound. "Are We a Warrior" is simply rare find, a unique record that takes the willing listener on a sonic quest in search of mystic revelations."