Thursday, October 16, 2008

Zema - Stranger In The Gates

Zema - Stranger In The Gates

The music of conscious Dreadlockswoman ZEMA has touched my heart from the first moment I heard "Check it out" from this album. And not only my heart, but the hearts of many. Roger Steffens calls it "healing music" and right he is. This is sounds for the soul! Published through her own company Melchizedek Music, Stranger in the Gates comes with 8 Vocal Tracks and one Dubwise track. Most of the lyrics that Zema sings come straight out of the Book of Books, and that makes this album very uplifting. The lyrics that come from her own hand are very powerful as well, for example "Check it out", a call for consciousness that no one should ignore. Over all, listening to Zema's music is a spiritual experience extraordinary.

The music on the disc is upfull and original Roots/Rub A Dub Reggae with a slice of dub here and there. It's played by a tight riddim section based on drums by Sly Dunbar and keyboards by Zacky Bernard, original keyboard player from the Twinkle Borthers. Many keyboards have also been played by Zema herself, who has shared stage with many of Reggae's Greats such as Bunny Wailer and sung backing vocals for Alton Ellis, Leroy Sibbles (Heptones) and many more.

Zema's voice is very skillful and trained. It is a real pleasure to listen to it, from the top to the very last drop! You can hear, that she feels very comfortable in riding any kind of reggae rhythm. I would recommend this album, and other ZEMA music as well, to everyone.

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