Monday, 6 August 2012

Alpha & Omega meets Dan I - Blessed Are The Poor

Alpha & Omega meets Dan I - Blessed Are The Poor (Alpha & Omega)
This time I am reviewing a cd by Alpha & Omega with Dan I called Blessed are the Poor - I was sent the cd after Dan I saw another Alpha & Omega review that I did and liked it so asked if I would review his new release that he had done with them. I think it is very nice of him to send me his cd and I'm going to enjoy reviewing it very much.
           Dan I is a reggae singer from Italy who usually sings with an Italian reggae band called Imperial Sound Army but on this cd he is singing with Alpha & Omega instead. I think Dan I is a Rasta because he looks like he might be one - I don't know much about Rastas except that they are a religious group originally from Jamaica and they have dreadlocks and they sometimes wear big orange and green and black wool hats and they smoke hash as part of their religion. Because I didn't know much about it I looked it up and I found out that they started up in the 1930's and that they believe that Haile Selassie from Ethiopia was Jesus Christ reborn again and that mankind all comes from Africa. I think it is true that everybody came from Africa because this is well known from history that the first people years back were all from Africa and then moved all over the world. On this cd Dan I talks a lot about Rastafarian things so I will try and talk a bit more about them in this review.
            The first song on the cd is called Blessed are the Poor and in it Dan I sings about religion and how poor people and peacemakers are blessed by Jah which is what Rasta's call God. I like poor people too because I am one and most of the people I know are poor too and we are all nice people - I think rich people can be alright too but sometimes they can be biased against common poor people; biased means they don't like poor people because they are a bit snobbish towards them and look down on them which isn't very nice. The singing sounds good on the nice, mellow electronic reggae music by Alpha & Omega which has a nice sounding instrument on it called a melodica. I have seen people playing melodicas before in the street in the West End and I think it is a nice instrument to listen to even if it looks funny because it is a piano that you blow into - Here is a video from 1986 of another reggae man Augustus Pablo who also plays the melodica so you can hear how nice it is:

            Next track after Blessed are the Poor is Blessed Dub which is a Dub version which means it is a remake with less vocals and other bits added, every song on this CD has a dub version too and I think this is a good idea because it's good to listen to the different version of the songs.
            The next song is called Jah Arise so it is another Rasta song about God, it is a nice song and Dan I sings it very well but I don't understand it too much because I'm not a Rasta but I would like to learn more about being a Rasta so I will listen to it more -  I think it is interesting that this is religious music because the religious music I am used to is hymns at church and these songs are much better than hymns at church because they are funkier and you can dance to them.
A miserable lion in Regents Park Zoo.
           After the dub version of Jah Arise which is also very nice there is a song called Roaring Lion where Dan I sings about a lion conquering the world - I think this is another Rasta thing and he is saying that Rasta's are strong like lions; I once saw a lion in a cage at Regents Park zoo but I didn't like it being in the cage and I think all lions should be let free in the jungle to do as they like. The music on this one is very good again and pleasant to listen to - I think this because it is such relaxed music that it is so pleasant sounding.
           The next full song is called Prophecy and I really like the bass on this because it is big and funky  and makes you want to bob your head. I didn't know what a prophecy was and so Arlo (who helps me with these reviews) told me it was a bit like looking into the future - I think the future will be the same as now really but maybe with a few changes, I hope in the future that there will be less fighting and less  crime and more happiness for people, maybe Dan I would want these things too. I liked the dub version of this one a lot because the music is so good it is nice to listen to it on it's own.
          Next up is called Call On Jah Name so it is another song about God because Jah is the Rasta name for God. This song has more melodica on it and is very interesting to listen to and I really liked it.
          The next song is High Sight and I think this about smoking cannabis and getting high in the mind because that is what Rasta's do. There are a lot of reggae songs about smoking cannabis and I think this is okay even though cannabis is illegal because I don't think it really hurts anyone and if people want to do it they should be allowed.
          After the dub version of this one is a song called Jah is Near and is so is another song about God and after this and it's dub is the last song which is called Time to Know which is another religious song and I think it's telling people that they should think about religion, I think all these songs have helped me to think about religion and I have learnt a lot about the Rasta religion so I have liked doing this review. I don't think I could be a Rasta though because my hair is cut too short and because I am Church of England but I think it's ok to have all different religions as long as they don't fight and try to get along. Overall I think this is a very good and very happy sounding CD and I am glad that Dan I sent it to me. I would give this CD 10 out of 10.


  1. Hello Peter, thank you so much for another great review of one of our releases, you do the best reviews we've ever read.

    We'll send you our next album when it's released which we're doing with Alpha Steppa (Benji). As it's not just A&O or Alpha Steppa music alone but a collaboration we're calling the band Dub Dynasty.

    love and respect from Alpha And Omega (Christine / John)

    1. Dear Alpha and Omega, it is nice to hear from you. Thank you for the nice complement. I like listening to your music very much and am looking forward to the next review I will do for you. I met Ben when he came Video Drama and liked him very much.

      I hope you are both well.

      Yours Sincerely, Peter James Kemp.

  2. I like too much this cd and also your review...I listen a lot of times each song and I think that there's something magic in A&O's music...something that transports you in another dimension and Dan I's voice is really nice too!
    Very compliments Peter for your reviews, i think they're fantastic!
    Greetings from Italy,