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FYA Dezarie
I Grade Records

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Bass: Kenyatta Johnson, Phil Merchant
Drums: Phil Merchant, Dion "Bosie" Hopkins
Rhythm Guitar: Laurent "Tippy" Alfred, Tuff Lion
Lead Guitar: Tuff Lion
Keyboards: Ron Benjamin, Vaughn Benjamin, Laurent "Tippy" Alfred, Eric Williams and Watep
Percussion: Vaughn Benjamin

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Songs by Dezarie (except "All Ova" by Vaughn Benjamin)
Music by I Grade Productions and the Midnite Band

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Track List:
  1. Zion
  2. Omega
  3. Don't Cry
  4. Most High
  5. Love Yourself
  6. Flesh and Bone
  7. FYA
  8. All Ova
  9. Walk Wid Me
  10. Rebel
  11. Jah Throne
  12. Mind Yu Own
  13. Sing Out
  14. Iron Sharpen Iron
  15. FYA Dub

There is refreshingly clean and pure new sound sweeping across the Caribbean.  Emerging from the Virgin Island of St. Croix comes Dezarie, the roots artist whose hypnotic and tantalizing voice are featured on the critically acclaimed album FYA.   This recent collaboration between I Grade Records and the Midnite band features 15 killer tracks that resonate with pure consciousness.  Dezarie has a mesmerizing voice that is more reminiscent of music originating from Africa than reggae.

FYA is a musical masterpiece in which syncopated guitar rhythms are interlaced with powerful bass lines creating a classic roots style. Dezarie's mystical voice weaves through the rhythms to form an exotic infiltrating musical experience.  Dezarie exposes her spiritual reverence on such powerful tracks as Zion, Most High and Jah Throne, while crying out for upliftment and self determination on Queen Omega and Mind Yu Own

Though FYA is Dezarie's first full-length album, her immaculate voice can also be heard on several songs from Nemozian Rasta.  This crucial I Grade Records release of last year also features the musical mastery of MidniteShe captured the award of Best New Reggae Artist at the 2001 Atlanta Caribbean Music Awards. 

Dezarie provides a breath of fresh air In an industry sorely lacking in conscious roots music from the empresses.  Her mysterious vocal style are combined with incisive lyrics and wicked beats to make FYA the first non-jamaican album to ever climb to the number one position in Ireggae's Top Ten.

Daniel (RAW#495)

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