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"Wheat & Tears Album"

WHEAT & TEARS, the forthcoming new album from humble Bobo Ashanti Rastaman Jah Mason, is a must for all roots reggae fans.

Affectionately known as 'Fire' Mason, Jah Mason is more popularly known for his association with Capleton's David House and the Flames family. Jah Mason has seen his career propel since last year's "Princess Gone" suddenly became a huge hit. It was dropping on the radio and became a firm favorite in the clubs. It also, deservedly, featured on the hugely popular 'Greensleeves One Drop Anthems 2005' and since then there has been no stopping this promising roots artist with the distinctive raspy vocals.

Jah Mason has a flair for writing original well constructed songs. Check the title track "Wheat & Tears", the catchy "See Dem Running", "Don't Want To Lose You", "Chalice A Day" - currently on heavy radio rotation in Jamaica - or the equally brilliant acoustic "My Life Is The Same". The songs are further complemented by the collaboration with Jamaica's finest session musicians, the Firehouse Crew with Byron Murray of In The Streets at the helm as producer.

WHEAT & TEARS - the brilliant, fresh and original album by Jah Mason. - Greensleeves Records/ UK

"Princess Gone Album"

I'm almost amazed that it took one of the bigger reggae labels all this time to check out Jah Mason. To date, his previous 7 albums have been released on a ton of different labels, with the highest profile arguably being Steve Mosco's Jah Warrior, but seemingly Jet Star, Greensleeves and VP had all turned the deaf ear to one of the wickedest roots lyricists to emerge from JA in awhile.

That all ended when teh boomshot known as Princess Gone jumped on the scene in 2005 and absolutely locked down JA. The song showed Mason as a vulnerable, wounded hearted warrior (so much so that the cover of the album shows him walking along the train tracks looking completely dejected). The album itself follows the same vibe, this is Jah Mason, in love/before love/after love/meditating love, so 8 albums deep and he reveals the sensitive side?

Its still a good album, although not Mason at his best (would absolutely love to see VP bring him back next year in his normal stylee), Princess Gone is a very very smooth one drop reggae album. The best tune here is probably Stay in My Heart, absolutely love the bubbling on that tune. Also have to check the 2 title tracks of course, always wondered exactly what the whole Saga Bed thing was about with Mason, the song is fantastic!

Also, check Real Lioness, Stick Nor Stone (big big tune), Plan Out, the beautiful So Good which is more along the lines of what Mason tyically does, and is one of his better older tunes. And check waiting for, which has just grown on me while writing this review.

Overall, definitely I reccommend anything Mason touches, he'll never release an album that isn't worthy of a listen. This album should do very well for the artist and wake up the fair-weathered reggae fan to his style of music and not limit him to the "he sounds like Capleton" role. - Amazon / Bramoi


Keep your Joy 1998 (Ghetto Technology/ USA)
Most Royal 1999 (Jah Warrior Rec./ UK)
Unlimited 2000 (ReggaeVibes/USA)
Surprise Dem 2001 (Vikings Rec./ Jamaica)
Never give up 2002 (Kariang/ Israel/ Jamaica)
Rise 2005 (On the Corner/ France)
Princess Gone 2006 (VP Records/ USA)
Wheat & Tears 2006 (Greensleeves/ UK)


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Born on a beautiful november-morning 1974 in the parish of Manchester/ Jamaica, "Andrae Corey Johnson“ was truly blessed with musical talent. He raised from a family that has allways been involved with the extrem livly & colorfull jamaican music-scene.
But it was not his well-known familymember "Tony Rebel“ who first recorded this young juvenile... it was formar Black Uhuru Singer Junior "One Blood“ Reid in 1991 for his own Label "JR Productions".
After several years promoting his name (starting with Stagename "Perry Mason“ changing into "Jah Mason“) via the very active jamaican 7 Inch Single-Market, he reached to international fame with songs like "Hard Mama Work“, "Money“, "Cool with the Fire“ & "Run come Love me tonight“, a combination with his close friend Jah Cure for Beres Hammonds "Harmony House Label“.
In 1997 Jah Mason got the opportunity for his first tour in europe with Tony Rebel. Several Shows in USA, Caribbean & the UK followed...
In 1998 Jah Masons first Album called "Keep your Joy“ was released, after having a well respected Hit with the Single-Release of that Song.
In the following two years 3 more Albums entiteld "Most Royal“ (Jah Warrior Rec./ UK), "Surprise Dem“ (Vikings Rec./ JA) & "Unlimited“ (ReggaeVibes/ USA) were released.
In 2002 Jah Mason released the outstanding concept-album "Never Give Up“ together with israelian producer Danny P. Kark & the jamaican Label "Kariang Records“. He performed this album all over europe, the USA and exotic places like Israel or Sicily.
During the next years Jah Mason continuisly toured all over the world, released a next Album called "Rise“ with a french Label in 2004 and established himself more and more as one of the Top- Performer on the worldmap of reggae.....
In 2005 Jah Mason got his first Number 1 on the jamaican Charts. The Song "Princess Gone“ stayed on No. 1 for over three weeks, reached Number 2 on the US Reggae Charts and hit No. 3 on the British Reggae Charts.
After perfoming this huge Hit all over the world Jah Mason, Rising Sun & VP-Records released the Album "Princess Gone/ The Saga Bed“ in May 2006.
This album elevated Jah Mason Name in the reggae industry to another level and lead him to a very succesfull year 2006.
In September 2006 Greensleeves Records released a next Jah Mason Album called "Wheat & Tears“