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Reggaeville Album Review - Wake Up

"I am my father's daughter, I got a lot to say, my music is the answer, I know no other way."

With this quote introducing track four of her debut album, Azana Makeda Smith aka Xana Romeo makes a clear statement as to what we can expect from her. And that this is indeed a lot, she has already sufficiently demonstrated on countless stage appearances alongside her father Max Romeo as well as with the extremely successful single Rate Rasta, which is here finally cast on a proper release. 

Wake Up, so the title of the musical revelation, is a carefully crafted joint family venture of Xana herself, her equally talented brother Azizzi Romeo (who produced tracks 1, 2 and 5) as well as her uncle Lindy Lambert, who has produced Mercy Pleasetogether with Romax Romeo, yet another son of daddy Max. Released under the family label Charmax Music, the album not only brings to the fore the technical genius of Jamaican producer and mixer Jallanzo, but also highlights the lyrical and vocal prowess of the singer thus presented to the world. 

And oh, her voice! Throughout the six tracks, she belts out, croons, entices, protests, climbs angelic heights and dives into powerful depths in a way that make it hard to believe she's only 22 years old. Despite her young age, she picks seriously conscious themes to sing about. Whether appealing to mankind with a plea for justice in Wake Up and Mercy Please ("Dem lock up di Ganjaman, dem never lock up di pedophile"), taking a stand against material vanity in Glitter Ain't Gold or praising His Majesty in King Of Zion and Righteous Path, her convictions become obvious and will certainly appeal to a wide like-minded audience worldwide. 

All but the first song have a Dub version to skank along to, and with advocates such as Selector Yaadcore (who already released a Mercy Please mixtape), these bass-ful frequencies will soon take over Kingston and beyond. Wake Up is yet another musical blessing of an upcoming generation of conscious, true-to-their-roots and at the same time innovative artists, and an assurance that Reggae is in good hands. Says Xana: "It is time for my generation to rise from their slumber and face the world our children will inherit. My aim on this musical mission is to spread this message throughout the globe, one soul at a time."

Reggae.be "Wake Up" Review

Reggae.be "Wake Up" Review

Reggae veterans send out their offspring part... 'Wake Up' is the highly anticipated long player debut of Azana Makeda Smith aka Xana Romeo, daughter of Max.

With the title of the album, Xana wants to give her peers a wakeup call: "It is time for my generation to rise from their slumber and face the world our children will inherit. My aim on this musical mission is to spread this message throughout the globe, one soul at a time." Xana made the production of 'Wake Up' a real family affair: her brother Azizzi was responsible for 3 of the 6 tracks on the album, and with her uncle Lindy Lambert and other brother Romax, she recorded 'Mercy Please'. Finally the whole album was expertly mixed by Jallonzo. It might surprise some of you, but there's not a single lovers tune on 'Wake Up' (even though the cover photo might perhaps suggest otherwise). For Xana it's all about the content of her songs, or as she puts it in 'Glitter Ain't Gold': "I am my father's daughter, I got a lot to say, my music is the answer, I know no other way." Title song 'Wake Up', 'Righteous Path' and 'Rate Rasta' were all already released as singles, and on 'Wake Up' they are now supplemented with the excellent opener 'King Of Zion', a hymn to the Most High, Emperor Haile Selassie, the dubby 'Mercy Please' with the ear-catching refrain: "Dem lock up di ganjaman, dem never lock up di pedophile...", and the aforementioned 'Glitter Ain't Gold'. 'Wake Up' is also an album in classic showcase style, because in addition to the six vocal cuts, you'll also get 5 heavy dubs (only opener 'King Of Zion' didn't get a dub counterpart for some reason). More than "empressive" album debut, especially if you know Xana is still only in her early twenties!