Zion Head – Mount Zion

by May 16, 2024Mini-Review, Reviews

Zion Head – Mount Zion

Release Info

Label
Z2DIZ Music
Format
CD / LP / DR
Street date
May 3, 2024
Contact
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Tracklist
01. Chalice Baptized
02. Education
03. Life Tuff
04. What A Strategy
05. Police A Killer
06. Mount Zion
07. Sound Goes Bang
08. Praise To Jah feat. Macka B
09. Look At Yourself
10. Only If You Try feat. Yasus Afari
11. Affi Touch Di Road feat. Stranjah Miller & Cento P
12. Enemies feat. Anthony B
France-based Jamaican-born Jonathan Holness, popularly known as Zion Head, is a genuine reggae music artist who first gained recognition with the 2022 release of his full album Jah Watching. One of the tracks included on that album, Show Love, was featured in the top ten of Ron Muschette’s music countdown chart. Jah Watching raised expectations, and with the release of his sophomore album entitled Mount Zion, the conscious artist has to prove that he meets these expectations. After hearing all of the songs, it must be concluded that he does.

The 12-track album offers listeners reggae songs full of consciousness with Zion Head touching themes like education, the struggle people go through in life, going back to Israel to find the truth, smoking weed, and a lot more. Apart from the solo tracks, the album includes four collaboration songs featuring the artists Macka B, Anthony B, dub poet Yasus Afari, and Stranger Miller & Cento P.

In the Nyahbinghi-flavoured opening track, Zion Head showcases his unique vocal delivery and skillful lyrics. Unlike the typical herbalist song one might anticipate, Chalice Baptized delves into the significance of marijuana and its benefits. The artist highlights the dangers of pharmaceutical drugs and advocates for the use of marijuana as a safer alternative. He shares that he utilizes marijuana to alleviate stress, and pain, and manage his asthma. Next up is the catchy and infectious song Education, highlighting the significance of gaining knowledge and being educated. Riddimwise, the pace slows down for the thought-provoking societal critique in Life Tuff which features a wicked bass line played by Uncle Thom. It’s followed by two notable tracks, What A Strategy and Police A Killer. Zion Head was inspired to write the latter in early 1996 after witnessing the tragic killing of an innocent friend at the hands of a police man in Montego Bay. The powerful title track Mount Zion vocally evokes comparisons to Jamaican singer Daweh Congo. The collaboration with Macka B, Praise To Jah, gives praise to the Almighty for the life he has giving to you and encourages gratitude for what you have and who you are. Zion Head once again expresses gratitude to Jah in the track Look At Yourself before the album concludes with three other collaboration tracks. The final track, Enemies feat. Anthony B, comes across a relicked version of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Forever Loving Jah riddim.

There’s no reason at all to not give this Mount Zion set a listen.

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