Thursday 6 May 2021
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Ras Sheehama on a ‘Step Up’ note


Fikameni Mathias

Having spent close to three decades in the music industry, Ras Sheehama is living proof that music is an innate and instinct art mastered only by the finest. The local reggae godfather recently released an album christened Step Up, which comprises of eight tracks that has the power to motivate and call upon those seeking peace and tranquility in a world where only the fittest servive. The dreadlocked musician holds his messege consistent. The pioneer’s latest offering is a reminder that the afro-reggae architect still has a lesson to teach the upcoming lads.
The 8-track album starts off straight with the ‘Step Up’ track that carries a motivational tone and a call to seeking self-potential in a world of survival of the fittest. The guru goes solo on this track and holds his message consistently from the onset addressing the individual.
Since reggae is known to welcome almost every mix, the second track takes on the heart-soothing vocalist Sally with the song ‘Oovetango’. Just for what she is known, Sally and  the veteran both bring out the best of stretching voices to give nothing but the best.
If you thought Ras lost his touch and the relationship with his followers, the third song will definitely bring closer those who feel left out. ‘Song for you’ is for the fans and serves as a living signature that the legend never left.
Down memory lane, Ras Sheehama graced music lovers with songs like ‘Cassinga’, ‘Inotila’and the much-celebrate ‘City Young Girl.’ The music lover this time went in the archive books to de-dust the jungle mix “City Young Girl’ with the lyrical perfectionist Sunny Boy. With a revived and lively beat, the two artist spit stretched rhymes to give it a modern flair.
If you have cruised through ‘Step Up’ and have not yet reached a song that got you stamping your feet, track 6 ‘Fala Muito’ featuring Carlos and Katjire will not leave you in a listening mood but rather up and moving to the beat. The dancehall compilation changes gears into a higher tempo, signaling     Sheehama’s music versitility.
The album is sealed by songs ‘Boys in the war’- a flashback of the artist’s genesis days and an acoustic version of ‘Oovetango.’ The two songs are trimmed in a conclusive manner fit for  RasShee Records. The comeback album proves yet again that the Ras Sheehama is living testimony and the epitome of music authenticity in the country.

Ratings 4/5

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