Lightyear Entertainment

Extraordinary Film And Music

Nigerian reggae star Majek Fashek stands apart from many reggae singers by reconnecting the genre with its African roots, from his insightful references to African politics to his subtle blending of traditional Nigerian rhythms with drum and bass. Rainmaker not only continues this pattern, but adds elements of bluesy rock — with brilliant covers of “Hotel California” and “Hey Joe” — which elevates this CD way beyond the typical roots reggae offering. From the strong opening track, “Kpangolo,” which flows with traces of juju music, to the breezily hopeful “African Unity,” every one of Rainmaker’s nine tunes is a winner.

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