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WEEK STARTING 17 Aug

Genre pick of the week Cover of Voice Of Thunder by Prince Far I.
Prince Far I aka the Voice Of Thunder got his start in the burgeoning Jamaican music industry as a sound system DJ (for Sir Mike The Musical Dragon), working security at Joe Gibbs’ stuido and in a similar roll at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One. As fate would have it, King Stitt, the regular DJ at Studio One, failed to turn up to voice a track and the up and commer convinced Coxsone to give him a try on the mic. The resulting cut launched the career of one of Reggae’s most famous toasters - though he liked to describe his style as a chanter rather than the more popular term toaster.

First releasing records using the moniker King Cry Cry, the same name he’d used working Sir Mike’s sound system, he soon changed his name to Prince Far I at the suggestion of producer Enos McLeod. On Voice Of Thunder, Prince Far I is supported by an extremely sparse yet heavy instrumental backing which perfectly compliments his growling voice. As is often the case with Prince Far I, much of the material is essentially Bible verse, “Ten Commandments” being a perfect example. The Voice Of Thunder full length also includes a tribute to the very recently deceased Bob Marley, and he even takes time to take UK skinheads to task for wearing polyster (forbidden to a real rastafarian). Long out of print on vinyl, this 1981 masterpiece from Prince Far I is back in effect thanks to Get On Down.

In the third of the "Phobiza Trilogy" we are invited through the ethereal haze that separates our world from RAMZi’s flourishing kingdom. Guided always by the deity’s music, we are given passage through the arcane archipelago that RAMZi calls home, a place where animals, children and wild spirits share territories and cooperate in harmony in their plight to protect these ancient islands from the ceaseless threat of the Great Grey Invasion.

With the night closely following us, we are welcomed to these lands in dusk’s light, with the warm tones of "Bibwel" (featuring Asaël Robitaille on synth) carrying us across 11 different islets, all with unique climates, flora and fauna. After travelling for many a sunrise and sunset we take pause at mid day on "Det Calash" isle (with some beats provided by Regular Fantasy). We end our journey with a final sunset, this time on the foggy island of "Warhasu" (recorded on Vancouver Island with Hashman Deejay).

'Amor Fati' (meaning 'Love of fate' or 'Love of one’s fate' in Latin) comes as the inaugural release on Phoebé’s own FATi Records and is the new nesting place for RAMZi and its’ extended family. The record ends the "Phobiza" story, following "Phobiza Dia" on Total Stasis and "Phobiza Noite" on Moodhut.



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