My Name Is Gyptian

Artist: GyptianTitle: My Name Is GyptianRating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Metanoya Z. Webb

The world came to know him as Gyptian; the 23 year old Rasta bred, St. Andrew’s born, vocalist, whose old-school Lovers Rock sound urgently

demanded attention back in 2005 with the release of

his conscious tune, “Serious Times.” The song exploded in

Jamaica and infiltrated foreign airwaves with a humble

vibration. Trotting up the same righteous hill as

rookie culture favorites, I-Wayne, Jah Cure and Fantan

Mojah, Gyptian’s debut, My Name Is Gyptian (VP Records)

introduces a collection of passionate, soothing,

socially uplifting tracks that validate the

authenticity of Windel Beneto Edwards-a well-balanced

young singer who is committed to creating love

saturated roots music.

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Infusing digital riddims with Nyahbinghi drums and

melodic scatting with lyrical singing, Gyptian’s

16-track debut is a soothing collection. Like any

true Lovers Rock deejay he sweets up the ladies on

songs like, “Beautiful Lady,” “Around the World” and

“You never Know,” melting hearts with realistic epics

conveniently accompanied by live one-drop music. And

with the help of DJ Flavor out of Kingston, Jamaica who

produced every single track on the album, excluding

“Serious Times” (Kenneth Wilson), My Name is Gyptian

is the proper way to introduce yourself to a tainted

music scene that has lost sense of what true artistry

really is. With a calming sound very reminiscent of

Reggae favorites, Beres Hammond and Sanchez, Gyptian’s

promising voice garners and deserves your undivided

attention.

But the album is not strictly Lovers Rock (sorry

groupies). Gyptian rightfully speaks out to the

conscious scene throughout his record, exposing his

humanitarian roots, inherited from his Rastafarian

selector “pupa” and devout Christian “muma” who

collectively instilled a socially aware perspective in

Windel from a young age, successfully translating into

a voice that is able to soulfully expose the hardships

governing the rough roads of Jamaica. And from the

very first track of the album, “Beng Beng” a ballad

condemning the violence occurring throughout the

island, Gyptian makes it clear that unlike the

majority of his peers, his music actually has an

uplifting message. Crooning over African drumming at

the end of the second verse, “But what about the

youth of tomorrow, where do they stand/If we as the

older ones keeps on shooting each other down/But too

much Beng Beng, show some love a town,” reinforces the

fact that Gyptian’s music has the power to help revive

reggae.

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