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Classic Album Review: Messenjah | Catch De Vibe

The Canadian reggae vets expand their signature sound with hip-hop, soul & more.

This came out in 1999 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


After 20 years together and who-knows-how-many albums, Canada’s long-serving reggae journeymen Messenjah try to catch a new vibe with their latest CD.

In addition to their trademark sounds — Jamaican Rastaman vibrations, rude boy dancehall riddims, skanky dub — the Ontario quintet incorporate hip-hop flavours, urban soul melodies and electronica samples into their fluid reggae-pop. Will rub-a-dub purists take to the R&B crooning? Doubtful. But if Messenjah are aiming to expand their fan base beyond the local reggae fest, this could be a step in the right direction.