By Marc Parc
Over a year following the untimely demise of one of Jamaican music's most promising acts, a new album has surfaced which pays homage to his work while showing the mainstream more of his undeniable potential.
J.O.E (Jah Over Evil), formerly known as Lil' Joe, had high hopes within the Jamaican music industry; releasing notable singles such as Nah Nuh Mercy, Not Good At All and Rasta Chant which was produced by T.O.K member, Roshaun ‘Bay-C’ Clarke. However, just as his career seem poised for takeoff, J.O.E died of a brain aneurysm in February of last year at the tender age of 24.
At the time, the artiste whose real name was Alty Nunes had been working on his debut album, Man From Judah which he never had the chance to complete. However, with the help of family and friends within the music industry, that album has been finished and will be released posthumously to honor his life's work.
Man From Judah will be launched at the Funky Monkey Bistro and Bar on Holborn Road in St Andrew on Saturday evening. July 14, 2012 would have marked J.O.E's 26th birthday.
J.O.E's long-time producer and friend, Gavin 'Equiknoxx' Blair revealed that Man of Judah was completed due to the co-operation of some high-profile names, including Konshens, Kymani Marley and T.O.K, who feature on the 17-track compilation. Konshens features on the single, Fit while Marley appears on the single, Introduce. T.O.K's Bay-C offers the track, Vineyard Town, which hails as a tribute to J.O.E's home community.
Most of the tracks on Man of Judah were recorded in Vineyard Town while some were done at the Anchor Music studio, founded by prominent Reggae producer, Gussie Clarke, who worked with J.O.E during the earlier days of his career.
According to Blair, J.O.E's music became more spiritual during the last three years of his life as he sought to add meaning to his content. Additionally, Blair insists that he's pleased by the outcome of Man of Judah, which offers a live feel with several veteran musicians playing scintillating instrumentals.
Man of Judah will soon be in stores and is currently available for purchase on iTunes
J.O.E hails as the song of former National Dance Theatre Company dancer and renowned teacher, Patsy Ricketts.