Wednesday, October 17, 2007

First the Town, Then the Baby and Now - the Rapper

I found out that Shiloh is linked with a “new” reggae release.

The rapper's name is Ras Shiloh.

And here he is:

And there's more here.

From a review:-

Next, a turbaned Ras Shiloh made his way on-stage, carrying his decorated staff, wearing jeans, a tee bearing Selassie's image and a plaid shirt. He'd come to celebrate his new solo CD, "Babylon You Doom" (Shiloh B Records). Derek fittingly introduced him as a conscious youth carrying on Garnett Silk's legacy. Then Shiloh sang "Slavery." As powerful as this tune and video are, nothing prepared this reviewer for the crowd's response. Brothers and sisters who'd been meditatively enjoying the show rose and danced--the floor literally shook beneath their feet. Then, pon the same riddim, Shiloh sang Silk's "Love Is The Answer," and his soaring tenor seemed to reach to the heavens. Next came the beautiful "Child of a Slave," with its infectious riddim, and "Doom," the strong title track from the new CD.

In the past, Shiloh has performed with an almost possessed fervor. Now, he seems to have tempered his energy to positive effect. He's sung of staying humble--"not getting swell-headed yet." That seems likely; he still has a babyface, and when he speaks, he speaks softly. Sometimes, he sang in the shadows off to the side, allowing his excellent band, the Kingston Crew, and two sisters singing backup to shine. In contrast to Ossie's Soldiers of Justice, Shiloh's group played classic riddims. But this wasn't a band clash, it was a satisfying late night buffet of new and old. And, off to the side, blending into the crowd rather than hurriedly leaving after his set, Ossie watched in support of his bredren.

With the emergence of so many conscious young singers and deejays, the time has come for a real roots revival. The major labels should stop their continual search for the next Marley, and take their cue from the smaller labels who're nurturing and promoting this crop of rising stars--men like Anthony B, Sizzla, Nasio Fontaine, Ras Shiloh, Ossie Dellimore and Jah Cure. In Shiloh and Dellimore, roots reggae has two potent performers whose styles honor their elders while creating fresh musical vibes.

Toward the end of his set, Shiloh sang "Are You Satisfied?" It's safe to say the gathered crowd was satisfied. We'd been treated to performances by wonderful bands, selectors, singers and two very talented, conscious artists who served up ital soul food all evening long.

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