Various Artists Jonkanooo
- Words: Araya Crosskill
- Label: Greensleeves
Fifteen artists chat lyrics over a recycled dancehall beat in this latest one-rhythm-supports-an-entire-album compilation from reggae-specialists Greensleeves. This time ‘round, famous (Sean Paul, Beenie Man) and not-so-famous lyricists (Looga Man, Kim Kartina) share the marquee with Donovan "Vendetta" Bennett‘s Jonkanoo riddim. Jonkanoo is the African-inspired Christmas celebration in which revelers parade through the streets dressed in masquerade, but here the word means bashment revelry, which is precisely what this uptempo arrangement delivers on "Frame I and I." In the track, Beenie explains why it wasn‘t him who murdered Jamaica‘s most famous dancer, Bogle. It‘s an I‘m-not-guilty plea you can get jiggy to.
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