Avion Blackman - Onyinye

Published Wednesday 9th November 2005
Avion Blackman - Onyinye
Avion Blackman - Onyinye

STYLE: World
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 13686-3737
LABEL: 689076220125
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Peter Dilley

She may be a singer with Christafari, but sanctified reggae isn't the only genre that Avion Blackman brings into her solo project. The bi-lingual title cut has clear African music influences ("Onyinye" is Igbo for "Gift"), and "Marvellous Beauty" and "I'm Sorry" are smooth and soulful, with Avion's voice bearing comparison with Sade. "You'll Return" is a tender inspirational ballad, and "Show Me" is built around the "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" vibe and chord sequence. But "I Thank You" does have that classic reggae sound, as does the delightfully relaxed opener "I Love You Father". Poignantly, four of the tracks were written by Avion's sister April, who died at the age of 20 - the album is dedicated as a celebration of her life. It's a real shame she never got to hear the recordings of her songs.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. I Love You Father [Listen]
2. Onyinye [Listen]
3. Marvelous Beauty [Listen]
4. I Thank You [Listen]
5. Show Me [Listen]
6. Sweet Love [Listen]
7. Blue [Listen]
8. Life [Listen]
9. You're Not Alone [Listen]
10. You'll Return [Listen]
11. I'm Sorry [Listen]
12. Heaven Above [Listen]
13. Give Me Life [Listen]

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Product Description
From the group Christafari comes a voice that has been described as "Sade meets Norah Jones with world music undertones". Avion's captivating blend of sounds include acoustic folk, reggae, African, Indian, Soca and R&B.

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