Prem Joseph - Slaakiyam

Published Friday 20th June 2008
Prem Joseph - Slaakiyam
Prem Joseph - Slaakiyam

STYLE: World
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 45198-13823
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by George Luke

This is great. Prem Joseph is a Rochdale-based Asian pastor with a lovely voice and a handful of very talented friends from across the different cultures. His album (the title means "privilege" in Tamil) is an interesting mix of Indian and Western sounds. So we hear Tamil takes on hip-hop (the title track), funky pop ("Destiny") and Norah Jones-style jazz ("You Are"). The most intriguing track here is the closer "Num Maharajan" (King Of Kings). It opens with two guys talking over Handel's "Hallelujah Chorus" before turning into a bass-heavy rap attack, then morphs into a few other things before reaching its climax. Fantastic stuff! If you have even a slight interest in Asian culture and its interaction with Brit culture - or are just curious as to what talent exists within Britain's Asian churches - you really ought to give this CD a listen.

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Reader Comments

Posted by silam in chennai @ 20:24 on Mar 22 2010

Amazing album! The music n lyrics is awesome like never before! god bless the team!

Posted by Benny in CHennai, India, @ 11:19 on Mar 22 2009

this is one of the best album i have listened..!! its really creative..!! God bless you brother..!!!
Amazing music

Posted by ranjith jayapaul in chennai.india @ 20:45 on Sep 14 2008

excellent album....lovely songgs with a different arrangement...i like this album...excellent stuff prem...bless you

Posted by Asha Komanapalli in Bristol, USA @ 05:59 on Apr 19 2008

Excellent music quality and very uplifting indeed! My whole family loves every musical minute! We are now addicted to it and listen to the CD every morning in the van as we drive the kids to school!
God bless you and help you in the years to come as you produce more anointed music.

Posted by Louise G Whatmough in Edinburgh @ 00:36 on Apr 2 2008

Top Album! A very refreshing sound - grab yourself a copy it is well worth a listen :-)
You will be blessed.

Posted by Steve in Lancashire @ 19:40 on Mar 31 2008

This is a brilliant CD. My whole family loves this CD, and we have 2 copies, one for my car, and one for my wife's. We don't understand Tamil, but the music is catchy and soothing. It's amazing to hear God's praises being sung in another language. There's a translation booklet in the CD-sleeve, that we've used to follow the lyrics. Fantastic and varied songs.

Posted by Alan Mills in Rochdale @ 19:15 on Mar 29 2008

I was given a copy of this album and it has been the music of choice in my car for the last five weeks. I can't understand the majority of the lyrics because they are in Tamil but the music is so anointed that it lifts my spirit every time I hear it. The differing styles and genres of the music make for a very interesting album. First class work by a gifted man and excellent value at only 5.00 per copy.

Posted by John Oldham in Milnrow @ 14:31 on Mar 29 2008

On first hearing this album I was pleasantly surprised. A refreshing, vibrant mix of Indian and Western sounds blended together to give an uplifting sense of fun and joy. I like it!

Posted by Alex. Whatmough in UK @ 13:11 on Mar 29 2008

This album is top!!! Great production, superb vocals, arrangements - everything. Buy this and you are guaranteed to be blessed.

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