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Midnite
Scheme A Things
Rastafaria
2004
Midnite - Scheme A Things

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Scheme A Things is the Rastafaria album released at the same time as Ainshant Maps.  Equally rivoting, Scheme A Things is some serious music for the serious time in which we are living.

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Track List:

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1. Words Of Right Real Audio 6.

Babylon Dem Copy

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2. Scheme A Things Real Audio 7.

Respek Dem Een

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3. Lianess Real Audio 8.

Jah Feed I

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4. Bazra Real Audio 9.

Strongly

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5. Jahbok Wha Ova Come Real Audio 10.

Where Are They Now

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Liner Notes

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Midnite Musicians:
Vaughn Benjamin Lead and Background Vocals, Percussion
Ron Benjamin Keyboards, Guitar, Percussion and Background Vocals
Phillip Merchant Bass
Dion Hopkins Drums
Abijah Hicks Guitar
Additional Musicians:
Whealan Massicot Guitar
Simpson Desbonnes Lead Guitar

Recorded and Engineered at Afrikan Roots Lab by Ron Benjamin
Songs Written and Produced by Midnite
Cover Art by Marcus
Layout by Jon the Bassist
Production coordinator: Preston Powell

Bringing Jah's music to the people.  Give Thanks!  Almighty Jah, the inspiration of all things - Upright and everlasting.  Haile I

Afrikan Roots Lab, Inc.
P.O. Box 8433, Sunny Isle
St. Croix, VI  00823
(340) 692-5613

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Rastafaria Recordings
P.O. Box 720
Nyack, NY  10960
(845) 353-8505

For Midnite Booking contact:
Preston Powell
(800) 899-6864

More Music From Midnite

Midnite - Ainshant Maps Midnite - Scheme A Things
Midnite - Intense Pressure Midnite - Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance
Midnite - Jubilees Of Zion Midnite - Jubilees Of Zion
Midnite - Ras Mek Peace Midnite - Unpolished
Album Reviews
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While there has been an abundance of Midnite Branch I, Midnite/I Grade and even a dub album released during the past 1 years, "Scheme A Things" represents Midnite’s first studio album since the release of Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance in June of 2002.

Released on the Rastafari record label, Scheme A Things offers a wide variety of musical styles that has something to please each listener. The album is bookmarked by ‘Words Ov Right’ and "Where Are They Now". The opening track, which features Vaughn Benjamin singing and playing all musical instruments, has a distinctively Midnite Branch I essence to it. This CD culminates with "Where Are They Now", a nyahbinghi flavored selection that asks: "Coming from the numerous of the genome, divided of the ages, diaspora surround. Who are they now? Where are they now?"

Laced in between these two songs are eight more songs that run the full gamut from the hearticle sounds of "Babylon Dem Copy" and "Respek Dem Een" to the big, big sounds on tunes like "Lianess" and "Bazra".

In the summer of 2002, I was blessed to be able to attend Midnite concerts in St. Louis and Lincoln, Nebraska. Each night, the band played a song that I had never heard of before. In St. Louis, Vaughn cried out "In the prison of etiquette and protocol, I neva born." In the dozens of Midnite concerts that I have seen since that time, I never heard that song again, which manifests itself on this album as "Strongly". Although the melody of this song is a little too soft for my tastes, this selection is still absolutely crucial for the feelings and memories it evokes within me every time I hear it.

The first 45 minutes of Midnite’s musical communion with the people of Lincoln, Nebraska was some of the finest live music I had ever witnessed in my entire life. They sang a total of five songs during this time, culminating with "Jah Feed I" which also appears on "Scheme A Things". This song has been a personal anthem for me during these past two years. "Couldn’t make a dent inna you stash. Still nah let off no cash. World deliverance fighting back. I kick up dust inna you face, stay back. Whole heap of stringers partial. You can’t uncheck me, crossover what out. Run go monitor your Dow Jones and your Nasdaq. Bun out from running in the fast lane jah. Jah Rastafari you’re good for I. Provide for I. Jah Feed I."

Although selections like "Lianess", and "Jahbok Wha Ova Come" will be considered the boom selections to most listeners, to me, it is songs like "Bazra" the title track and "Respek Dem Een" that embody the essence Midnite. "In the eyes of Jah. Look what them a do. What a cold soul, oh lord. Quote the 23rd psalm and execute, look what them a do."

In listening to "Scheme A Things" and the companion album "Ainshant Maps" it is evident that Ron Benjamin has spent that last 18 months perfecting the craft of getting the most out of Midnite’s Afrikan Roots Lab recording studio. The quality of sound on this album, especially the tone of Phillip Merchant’s bass lines, are unparalleled in the music industry, which is why "Scheme A Things" deserves a place in the record collection of roots music lovers throughout the four corners of the world.

Daniel (RAW#495)
Ireggae.com

Reggae Reviews:
As an ardent Midnite fan, even I have to admit that their music is at times difficult to fully appreciate (as difficult as, say, trying to use Spell Check when typing up the track list from one of their albums), and this seems to be increasingly the case with each album released since the group’s initial three classics.  A large part of this difficulty stems from lead singer Vaughn Benjamin’s unorthodox rambling, “talky” vocals and often barely-there melodies.  However, with some patience, Midnite’s albums tend to pay off, and for some listeners, the struggle might actually make the reward even greater. - More

Ray X:
Go to the deepest roots in reggae music those that go straight back to Africa, and you will find Midnite. This set pulls together all the various stands that make the band so good. The chanting, the dense rhythms, and most of all the lyrics - that are full of worldview concepts. - More

 

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