German Reggae? I know it sounds like a joke to those not familiar with the scene but in recent years there has been quite an explosion of Reggae acts all over Europe that is every bit as authentic and sounding just as good as anything coming out of Jamaica. Fyah T should appeal to those looking for modern “Roots Reggae” with a melodic, high quality sound. While not being that well known he’s not new on the scene and this is his second album, available from most digital online retailers and physical copies from Amazon Germany.
First up is “Rainy days” an upbeat “Rockers” track with a strong guitar presence where “Fyah T” brings an message of hope chanting that “…rainy days are gone. We’re gona make it through the storm.” It’s a great tune and I no doubt like his brand of singjaying, kinda reminds me a bit of another favorite artist of mine, “Lutan Fyah”. He continues with another positive, upbeat song, “Good vibes” and it’s another winner, I even like it better than the first tune, he leans a lil bit more on dejaying here than he did on the first song.
While the album does not rely too heavily on guest features there is a few of them such as the 3rd song “Golden locks”, a “do not cut your dreads” anthem he does together with “Glen Washington”, there’s a great chemistry between them and as im currently dreading up my own hair I can absolutely relate to the subject of being “pro-dreads”. Another collaboration track is “In the ghetto” which he does with “General Degrees”, an unexpected choice as I have not heard from the veteran dj in a while. It’s not a melancholic sufferers tune as one may expect but more of an appreciation of the positive sides of the ghetto.
Of course there has to be at least one “Marijuana” tune on here, “Nah go a jail”. I just read a piece on how these kinda tunes gives Reggae a bad name and that they gives folk the impression that reggae is just for the stoner college crowds. I tend to agree but this is not your usual cliché, let’s get wasted track but more of an activist track where “Fyah T” get’s political and question why you have to go to jail for smoking weed. Last song is “Thank you father” where he sings/chant praises to Jah over another upbeat, kinda fast track, it’s an awesome end to an great album.
I liked this album, it may not break new grounds but it’s a solid piece of work. The songs are well constructed, not booring, digital junk or over used riddims too many artists have already voiced before. If you get a chance, go get this album, you will not regret it. Also, we need to support the genre and make Reggae profitable again.