Rastaman Rise
Jah Defender
7 Seals Production
CD / Digital Release
October 26, 2013

Track list
  1. Black Man Rise
  2. Jah Is The Maker
  3. Time Will Come
  4. Everytime I Rise
  5. Jah Is Alive
  6. Call On Me
  7. Listen
  8. Rebel
  9. No Feel No Way
  10. Galang
  11. Rolling
  12. Lonely
  13. Only King Selassie I
  14. Jah Es Mi Amor
  15. Give Thanks feat. Tiwony (Bonus Track)
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 4
Trinidad is known mostly for Soca music, but it actually was Jeneile Osborne, better known as Queen Omega, who made fully clear that Trinidad also had a Reggae scene one should keep an eye on. She started to gain international recognition when Jet Star released her self-titled debut album in 2001 and since then reggae fans not only have started to appreciate her works, but also those of other Trinidadian reggae artists including Khari Kill ("Picture Of Selassie I"), Marlon Asher ("Ganja Farmer"), Jamelody ("Love Crazy") Jah Bami ("New Day"), Million Voice, King Solomon, Righteous, and Matthew Greenidge. Another artist from Trinidad who also gained some wider recognition in recent times is Ricardo Mills aka Jah Defender.

Jah Defender's love for music started from a young age, as he heard the sweet sounds of his motherís vocals daily. He then bravely began singing for his classmates in Primary and Secondary schools. Listening to music from Whitney Houston, Freddie Jackson, Gregory Isaacs, Bob Marley, and Michael Jackson was part of his musical arsenal growing up. About 1994 Reggae music became popular in Trinidad through artists like Capleton, Sizzla, Anthony B, Luciano, Norris Man, and Garnet Silk, which also helped in shaping his musical talent. From the age of 18 he started writing his own songs and in 2004 he entered the professional Reggae scene as Jah Fyah, later changing to Jah Defender. Since then he has allied with independent record labels like Backyard Studios and Jahlight Records (Trinidad), IsRoyal Records (Canada), Unit 137 (UK), Humble Camp Productions (USA) and 7 Seals Production (France).

It was the French label 7 Seals Production that produced Jah Defender's "Rastaman Rise", which enabled him to showcase his skills and talent through a full length album. And thus the listener is able to experience this Trinidadian reggae artist's unique vocal delivery and powerful lyrics to the fullest. When an artist calls himself Jah Defender, it's obvious that he will come up with positive, conscious, and uplifting songs, and that's indeed what this album has to offer as is instantly made clear with "Black Man Rise". This excellent album opener is followed by "Jah Is The Maker" across One Time Studio's "No Pwoblem" riddim; another standout effort in which Jah Defender gives thanks and praise to His Imperial Majesty. "Time Will Come" comes with a different mood, but the quality of this song matches its two predecessors. With these three songs Jah Defender has really impressed us and he continues to do so with the next track, the great "Everytime I Rise", but also with worthwhile efforts such as "Listen", "Rebel", "Rolling" and "Only King Selassie I". Because of Jah Defender's soothing voice and comforting lyrics, the remaining tracks are also worth hearing.

With this album, Jah Defender shows he's another interesting Trinidadian reggae artist, whose works are on par with efforts known from some of Jamaica's most anticipated contemporary artists.