This one riddim album features some of the biggest names in Jamaican reggae such as Sizzla Kalonji, Turbulence, Lutan Fyah, I Shenko, Perfect Giddimani and Mikey General but also some of the best artists from Canada like Mikey Dangerous, Marky Lyrical, Dan Fiyah Beats, Face-T, and King Shadrock. Africa is represented as well with Senegalese rapper Didier Awadi featuring Congolese singer Tibass Kazemtik, and from the French Amazon Surinamese singer Prince Koloni.
Diversity and quality are definitely present, as veterans and big stars share the spotlight with young and upcoming artists. Lyrically the songs range from talking about love to fighting freedom, from passion to resilience, bringing a very rich and conscious aspect to this album. Jamaican Patois, English, French, Sranang Tong (Guyana) and Lingala (Congo) make this a unique and eclectic project.
The name of the « Riddim » pays tribute to the mythical neighbourhood of downtown Kingston, pictured on the album cover. This is a wonderful production created in the purest reggae tradition.
The Downtown Riddim by Riddim Wise is now availaibe worldwide HERE