Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Gato Negro - Black Cat Dub

Gato Negro - Black Cat Dub
Label - Roir
Released - 1991
Style - Dub, Reggae, Feline, Lee Library

Gato Negro, AKA Black Cat AKA Emmanuel Okoronta, is a dubster from Nigeria who sounds something like a cross between Lee "Scratch" Perry and Augustus Pablo -- the former because of his semi-crazed, rambling vocals (though still more coherent than Perry) and the latter because of his frequent use of the airy melodica. At times, this combination of sounds rivals the genius of Gato Negro's predecessors -- as on "Armageddon," "Conflagration," and "Reggae for Lumumba". The overall sound is nice; big fans of dub -- especially the old-fashioned, rootsy, '70s style -- should find it appealing.

1. Armageddon
2. Conflagration
3. Soul Fire
4. Mask
5. Ghost Dance
6. No Bother No Fight
7. Lamentations Of A Caged Bird
8. No More
9. Reggae For Lumumba
10. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
11. Mighty Dread
12. Reflections





Good stuff. always wondered about this group. Don't let the cover's fool you(another album cover has a skeleton of a cat)!

XMP said...

Yeah, Vital Force Dub. I love the artwork on both, and will probably post Vital Force as soon as I recall it's exact location.