“I” by Jahdon album review

Every once in a while I come across an album of such outstanding quality that it’s difficult to choose a favorite track. “I” by Jahdon, his sophomore album, is one of those.  It’s a “feel good” album that I can’t see myself ever tiring of.

JAHDON, musical ecosystem. Hailing from Canaan Heights, Clarendon, his background: singing in church, participating in countless stage shows and being a part of a local singing group nurtured his poetical style.

He formed his label, Look Ya Noww Entertainment in 2017 and released his debut, breakthrough projects: Congo Bongo (single) and Congo Bongo E.P. The Queen of Jamaican radio, Elise Kelly called it “her song for 2018”. Radio veteran Ron Muchette announced it as “one of the biggest songs for 2019, and Mutabaruka made it an anthem on Irie FM.

In 2020 the Jamaican Gleaner’s review of his debut album “369” dubbed him as “Reggae Music’s Next Messenger”. He performed during Reggae Month 2020, most notably being featured on the lineup with the late Toots Hibbert at Jamaica Reggae Industry Association’s Reggae Wednesdays at Emancipation Park in Kingston and the Children Of The Icons and Emerging Acts in St Mary, Jamaica, headlined by Bounty Killer. Reggaeville writer Steve Topple described “369” as “a glorious full introduction and hints at the potential greatness to come” from Jahdon.”  (excerpt from bio)

Jahdon’s album “I” builds on the momentum created by Jahdon’s 2020 debut album, “369”.  With 10 tracks, his latest album takes you on a journey of faith and love, from love of Jah to love of family. 

Three tracks previously released as singles, “Here We Go”, “Cooking” and the title track “I”, give a perfect overview of the album.

The album opens with “Here We Go Again”, a catchy song, featuring the beautiful voice of Jamaican artist TruVice, and I guarantee you’ll be singing along with the chorus by the end. This is the first of several love songs going into depth about the different aspects of personal relationships, support, and loyalty, including “Family Man” featuring the legendary saxophonist Dean Fraser.

Broomie” gives a glimpse into Jahdon’s early years as a maker and seller of brooms, with the metaphorical significance of sweeping out the bad in the Babylon world. Another glimpse into the world of Jahdon and his passion for healthy living comes across in the song “Cooking”.

The importance of Jahdon’s spiritual life is represented with “Give Ankhs” and “Rastafari”. 

Ending the album with a dub version of “Broomie” brings this beautiful album something for every Reggae lover, with the tracks flowing seamlessly through love songs and the personal and spiritual life of this talented artist. 

After listening to “I” from Jahdon you will be asking yourself why this album is not in the running for a Grammy. 

The album is distributed by Tuff Gong International.

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