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Troddin To Zion
Afrikan Roots Lab
Ikahba - Troddin To Zion

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Ikahba shows great promise with his debut release Troddin To ZionAfrikan Roots Lab has brought the best out of Ika, who also had several selections on the Homegrown Vol. I compilation.

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Track List:

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Jah WIll Lead The Way

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Rising Angel

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Love Is Jah Jah

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Troddin To Zion

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Wha Happen To Dem

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Let Jah Take Control

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Fast Life

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War Monger

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Dem Skylarkin (Feat. Mash)

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Struggle Goes On

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It Is Written

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Musicians & Credits

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Musicians - Midnite:
Bass: Phillip Merchant
Drums: Dion Hopkins
Guitar: Abijah, Ron Benjamin
Keyboards: Ron Benjamin
Additional Musicians
Lead Guitar: Simpson Desbonnes

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All songs by Ikahba
'Jah Will Lead The Way' written by Ikahba and Ron Benjamin
'Dem Skylarkin' written by Ikahba and M
Executive Producer: Ron Benjamin
Cover Design and Art Direction: Shenneth Canegata
Cover Art: Adrienne Brown
Produced, Recorded & Engineered by Midnite
Recorded at Afrikan Roots Lab

Liner Notes

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1. Jah Will Lead The Way - I know Jah will lead the way
2. Love Is Jah Jah - I'll be holding on to thee.  I lift mine eyes, and he who trust in thee shall be set on high
3. Wha Happen To Dem - What an abomination now dem come ya so fe bring, de youths and dem borning mutated, a pure vampire warmonger is what dem come ya breeding
4. Fast Life - Girl know yourself.  have dignity and hold firm
5. Dem Skylarkin - Me only hear dem talking and dem skylarkin, what are they doin'.  valuable time's wasting
6. It Is Written - Soothsayers, blasphemers, iniquity workers, foundation robbers.  all fit the same description of one man in his duality
7. Rising Angel - I'm a rising angel, one who's history is scattered.  no i won't surrender until the Gideon is over
8. Troddin To Zion - Can't work for no gov. cause I'm a raggamuffin. self-relient. a just so Ikahba fe live
9. Let Jah Take Control - A time fe just repatriate the mind.   alleviate the soul.  step aside now and just let Jah take control
10. War Monger - Can anything good come out of a nation of warmongers.  too much a viper and sniper in each an every crevice and corner
11. Struggle Goes On - It's all a game.  the way the system runs.  so where will we be in time to come.  misguided education.   economical systems up for grabs

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

More Ikahba Music

V.A. - Homegrown Vol. I

More Afrikan Roots Lab Music

Dezarie - Gracious Mama Africa

Midnite - Seek Knowledge Before Vengeance

Midnite - Jubilees Of Zion

Ronnie Benjamin - Second Chance

Album Reviews
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Ikahba is the latest artist to emanate from the roots caldron currently bubbling on the island of St. Croix. His debut album ‘Troddin To Zion' was released in January of 2004 on the Afrikan Roots Lab record label. Like all ARL releases, "Troddin" features the preeminent roots band, Midnite, laying down some wicked bass lines and rhythms. Add a heavy dose of conscious lyrics along with Ron Benjamin’s unique engineering skills and you’ve got the recipe for another cruzial album.

What distinguishes Ikahba is his ability to intersperse his cool soothing vocals (that many people find similar to Tenor Saw) with some chanting in which Ikahba throws down lyrics fierce and hard. This is perhaps best illustrated on the song "Wha Happen To Dem".   After crooning for about a minute over the "Maintain" riddim, Ikahba rips into some serious chanting:

"What an abomination now dem come ya so fe bring, de youths and dem borning mutated, a pure vampire warmonger is what dem come ya breeding."

Fellow Afrikan Roots Lab recording artist Mash joins Ikahba on the selection "Dem Skylarkin", with Dezarie sharing vocals on the title track. The outstanding harmonies and subtle background vocals give the entire album an ‘easy-listening’ roots feel to it, yet the lyrics are piercing and spellbinding.

Although ‘Troddin To Zion' is Ikahba’s first full album, he did contribute numerous selections to the "Homegrown Vol. I" compilation under the name Ika Melody. Ikahba will be touring this summer with Dezarie, and both will be performing at the 11th annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival.

Daniel (RAW#495)



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