Christafari - Soulfire

Wednesday 1st February 1995
Christafari - Soulfire
Christafari - Soulfire

STYLE: Reggae
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Gotee PD0075
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by George Luke

With the exception of the odd few fortunate enough to get imports, Britain's reggae gospel fans missed out on these guys' debut, which went down a storm on the other side of the pond and their follow up album proves, to me at least, that all the praise they've received so far is well deserved. The more rootsy tracks feature some of the loveliest harmonies I've heard in a long time, while the gravelly-voiced ragga toasting makes Louis Armstrong sound like Philip Bailey. The ragga tracks are very energetic, but a couple of jungle mixes would really have brought this up to date. That aside, Tanosaback, Jaibo Culture and Earth Man (known to their parents and the taxman as Mark Mohr, James Pach and Erik Sundin) have produced the most authentic, most credible attempt at reggae to come out of America (Big Mountain, eat your heart out!). Their name might cause alarm bells to ring for some people, but, judging from the lyrics here, particularly those of "Crucified", these guys are definitely on the right track, although I think they should do us all a favour and explain their choice of name. Christians are paranoid enough already.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Reuben Jomilaye in Lagos, Nigeria @ 08:16 on Dec 12 2009

I love Christafari so much, moreso when I heard them first when I was in The Polytechnic Ibadan, Ibadan and i have been trying to get my hands on their SOULFIRE album since 1999 to no avail, I'll really and truly appreciate if you can send this particular album to me in Nigeria. It is not available for sale in Nigeria. Thank you in advance.

Posted by chisom ohuaka in Lagos - Nigeria @ 15:40 on Aug 8 2007


i'm chisom, i like christafari too much, i heard them first in my undergraduate years and i have been trying to get their albums in Nigeria but to no avail could you please send me a copy of "soulfire" and "Valley of Decision" album to 8 oke street Akowonjo, Lagos Nigeria. and i would like to promote their music here in nigeria and maybe they could come for a nigerian tour.

Posted by Steven in Texas @ 20:15 on Nov 22 2005

"Soulfire" is an awesome find. When I was in need of some heavy ministry, Father used this cd to help me find the way back to the straight and narrow path. The music has a groove of a different sort, making the message very powerful. I highly recomend this cd to anyone in need of The Spirit ministering in their life, even if it's just for a smile.

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