De Champ ftr Praise - Go Well With The Righteous

Monday 1st June 1998
De Champ ftr Praise - Go Well With The Righteous

STYLE: World
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
LABEL: Cucklebay CHAMP1008

Reviewed by George Luke

Multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, producer and DJ De Champ (or Collins Pratt, as he's known to his mum and his bank manager) has been a mainstay of London's African music circuit for the best part of two decades. Originally from Sierra Leone, De Champ specialises in the uptempo musical style known as zouk as well as dabbling in reggae and soca. This is his first gospel album for which he's enlisted the talents of singer Praise Sam-Jolly. Also from Sierra Leone, Praise has been singing gospel since she was a little girl. The album consists mainly of 'zoukified' and reggae versions of popular hymns and choruses, such as "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", "Cast Your Burdens" and "He's Alive (Jesus Is Alive)". '"Papa God" and the title track are both original compositions and there's the "Shine Jesus Shine" of Sierra Leonean gospel: a song called "Tinap Tranga" ("Stand Firm"), originally written 10 celebrate the Scripture Union's 100th birthday. This is very much a "get up and dance. clap your hands and praise the Lord" affair, on which Praise's voice is nothing short of heavenly. If you liked Limit X's albums, you should have no problems getting down to this.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Kay in Maryland, USA @ 01:37 on Aug 19 2014

I am looking for the "E go well with the righteous" CD, where can I find it?


Posted by Antonia in london @ 18:01 on Jul 2 2011

I want De Champ praise CD - E go well with de righteous. Where can i purchase it

Posted by Funmilayo Whitaker in United States of America @ 18:01 on Jan 31 2009

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Posted by V Johnson in orpington @ 23:29 on Mar 9 2007

Spirit filled album.....God BLess

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