I Kong – I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse

by Apr 29, 2019Mini-Review, Reviews

Release Info

I Kong – I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse

Label: Skunga Records | Format: DR  | Street date: April 26, 2019

Tracks

  1. Tun Dem Back feat. Hoopa Jan
  2. Dub Dem Back
  3. Reggae Rocking feat. Ijah Reece
  4. Dub Rocking
  5. This Is A Cry feat. I Martell & Vetaran
  6. This Is A Dub
  7. Rain Drops feat. Natty Knox (Extended Mix)
  8. Give Thanks feat. Phe-Nom (Extended Mix)

I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse

I Kong’s eight track showcase album “I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse” is the result of a project the ’70s Jamaican veteran did with a deep rural based Jamaican collective of artists called the Tabernacle Posse. The latter consists of singer Phe-Nom, deejay Natty Knox, multi-instrumentalist “Jah Keyz” Marshall, and drummer/percussionist Shaquille “Skunga” Kong, son of I Kong and grandnephew of legendary 1960s reggae producer Leslie Kong. Furthermore this project features contributions from London based Felix “Dub Caravan” (lead/rhythm guitar, synthesizer, organ, trumpet), Courtland “Gizmo” White (lead/rhythm guitar), New-New (lead guitar), Mr Echo (lead/rhythm guitar), Cyprus Dub chemist Med Dred (Melodica) and Canada’s Jah Servant (percussion).

With I Kong’s interesting 1979 album “The Way It Is” and his more recent albums “A Little Walk” and “Pass It On” in mind, it’s good to see the release of a new collection of tunes from the Chinese/Jamaican roots singer, even when it features only collaboration pieces. Unfortunately it turns out that this new album doesn’t fully lives up to expectations. The balance of the backdrops on “I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse” is a mixed bag, while in terms of quality some of the tunes leave something to be desired. The social commentary “Tun Dem Back” comes across an uptempo dancehall-flavoured riddim, which simply isn’t the kind of backdrop that suits I Kong’s vocal style well. And although the next vocal cut, “Reggae Rocking”, is underpinned by a more suitable, full sounding roots reggae riddim, its meaningless lyrical content is a minus.

What follows next is definitely the better part of “I Kong Meets The Tabernacle Posse” and thus more worth hearing. “This Is A Cry”, a song about the ongoing everyday struggle of Black people, is pure roots & culture, in which the voices of the vocalists blend well together. And then there’s the decent “Raindrops”, a tune that makes you wanna move your dancing feet. The moody melodica play of Med Dred adds an appealing vibe to the mid-tempo riddim that incorporates some real nice dub effects. The light-hearted sounding “Give Thanks” is a sonically pleasing praising song and a fine closer of an album that surely has its moments, but fails to make a good impression from beginning to end.


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