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Gracious Mama Africa
Afrikan Roots Lab
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Dezarie continues to bestow her musical blessings on the reggae community with Gracious Mama Africa, the 2003 follow-up release to her highly acclaimed debut album Fya.

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Track List:

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Gone Down

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Gracious Mama Africa

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Not One Penny

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Mother And Child

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Strengthen Your Mind

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Law Fe De Outlaw

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Slew Dem An Done

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Judgement Come

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Musicians & Credits

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Musicians - Midnite:
Bass: Phillip Merchant
Drums: Dion Hopkins
Guitar: Abijah, Ron Benjamin
Ron Benjamin

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All songs by Dezarie
Produced, Recorded & Engineered by Midnite
Recorded at Afrikan Roots Lab
Executive Producer: Ron Benjamin
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Afrikan Roots Lab
P.O. Box 8433, Sunny Isle
St. Croix, VI  00823
(340) 692-5613

Liner Notes

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1. Gone Down - De Frankenstein scientists dem if you no respect then no problem.
2. Poverty - Poverty just a blow dem mind poverty a blow de youths dem mind.
3. Not One Penny - You're swinging and blinging on your golf course while the poor singing a hard time chorus.
4. Strengthen Your Mind - Strengthen your mind we're livin in serious times... right now things are hectic so who is serious or playing tricks.
5. Law fe De Outlaw - If you go into the lab to create anymore abnormal humans you will just die.  Curse will fall upon you.   Your body will attract flies and you won't know why.
6. Justice - We want justice that is our only interest no want no justification from the unjust man.
7. Gracious Mama Africa - What is an african-american cause if you're black you are african.
8. Exhalt - Forward movin'. Not born to be losin'. Neither to be fallin'.  Exhalt.
9. Mother and Child - You're saying peace to the daughters but a lie you a tell, cause in your mind you say slaughter her and she is greatly wounded.
10. Travelers - Remnant of first humans, ancient ones.  The perseverant and the patient ones and through all their distortions their faith stands strong.
11. Slew Dem an Done - You say your priestly order say you can't have any dealings with de woman satan but still you're fondling de alter boy.
12. Judgement Come - Babylon bulls-eye target JAH word de arrow in we hands.

More Music from Dezarie

Dezarie - Fya

V.A. - Weep Not

V.A. - Culturellennium 2

V.A. - Talkin' Roots Vol. I

Midnite I Grade - Nemozian Rasta

Album Reviews
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Roots empress Dezarie has blessed the reggae community with the deliverance of her newest recording "Gracious Mama Africa". Released on the Afrikan Roots Lab record label, this album emerges from the seeds planted on her amazing debut album of 2001 "FYA".

Gracious Mama Africa transports the incredible voice of Dezarie to a whole new level - the highest heights. Her foundation is firmly established in songs such as "Travelers" and the title track. The brilliance and clarity of Dezarie’s voice is reverently unveiled on "Exhalt". Gracious Mama Africa abounds with pleas for social justice and racial equality with selections like "Poverty", "Strengthen Your Mind" and "Justice".

But to this listener, the strength and power of Dezarie is most strikingly displayed in her condemnation of so-called civilization. "Gone Down", "Not One Penny", "Law Fe De Outlaw", "Slew Dem An Done" and "Judgment Come" all deliver conscious punches that penetrate the soul.

"Do what you want, wheresoever you please. Bombing Vieques, yes your bombing the seas. Lock up anyone that was opposing. Speaking against the nonsense that you were doing. But babylon you gone down, you gone down. Babylon funeral, you gone down." - Dezarie

After receiving Atlanta’s "Best New Female Reggae Artist" award in 2001, Dezarie returned to her native island of St. Croix. Since that time, she has been working closely with Midnite, the players of instruments for "Gracious Mama Africa". Midnite’s trademark sound is fully displayed on this album. Momentous bass lines from Phillip Merchant, classic one-drop from Dion Hopkins and the bubbling of Ron Benjamin on keyboards prevail throughout, accentuated by Abijah’s charismatic guitar playing.

From the excellent overdubs of Dezarie’s voice to the flying symbols on "Slew Dem" it is evident that Ron Benjamin worked tirelessly in the production and mixing of this album. The fruits of this labour are eloquently displayed on Gracious Mama Africa which is sure to be one of the best roots albums of 2003.

Daniel (RAW#495)

Reggae Reviews:
Gracious Mama Africa is a wondrous achievement from a tragically underexposed artist. The music, as with Fya, supplied by the incomparable Midnite, feels a bit harder than on her debut, sticking more strictly to a roots reggae sound. - More

Creation Steppin':
Dezarie burst onto the reggae scene with her 2001 release "Fya," which led to her winning a "best female reggae singer of 2001" award. That album was on the mellow side, but did a fine job of showcasing what may be the best voice in reggae today. However, the follow-up release, "Gracious Mama Africa," shows a lyrical side we didn't see on her debut. The songs speak against racism, social injustice and the iniquities of the modern world in a cutting, effective manner. - More



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