Ben Okafor - Generation

Thursday 1st October 1992
Ben Okafor - Generation
Ben Okafor - Generation

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Plankton PCDN137

Reviewed by Andy Long

After being severely messed around by almost every record company in the known universe Ben has finally settled with a label custom-tape concern who may actually do him some good. His easy reggae styled arrangements are the perfect vehicle for his words of protest as he cries out for social justice and shouts in the face of oppression. There are also some songs on the album that are more of a reflection of Ben's per­sonal life such as "Sanctify My Soul" and Sweet Lady". Foe me the best number is "Living In A Suitcase", a catchy song with a hint of ska. Some interesting ses­sion players pop up on the album such as lona's per­cussionist Terl Bryant and saxophonist Billy Paul who sadly is no longer with us. His smooth playing adds a subtle flavour to tracks like "Be My Brother" and the album is respectfully dedicated to his memory

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Reader Comments

Posted by Jean Lee in USA @ 22:25 on Jan 5 2007

Andy, I agree "Living In A Suitcase" is FANTASTIC! There is nothing BEN OKAFOR performs that is less than GREAT. The whole album is. Ben has a new website now that features his new lbum, "ACOUSTIC CLOSE-UP" and it is superb! Please check out the site r - listen to the clips - and post a review.

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