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Emiliyah and The MightyZ All Stars

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If I’m stood gobsmacked in awe at a concert nowadays it will be because I have finally managed to get to see an old reggae act live on stage. Bob Andy did this to me at the Jazz Cafe in Camden a few years back. The man is a legend and he performed like one. Such acts are hard to follow because there’s a special honesty and purity about the original Kingston sound.
Emiliyah, the lead singer with MightyZ’s All Stars, can do this. She can make you stand and wonder - usually just before you get an irresistible urge to dance! Just like Bob Andy she has a secret weapon - a voice. It’s a very special instrument and she’s willing and able to use to its maximum on stage. Now this amazing voice has been captured in the recording studio.
I’ve been passed a copy of their new EP and every bit of this girl’s stunning vocal presence has made it onto the recording. Her voice is as sweet as it is gigantic. If you see this band live then be prepared to stand as I did during her opening number, literally stunned by her operatic voice!
The track ‘Complete Me’ appears on the EP. It’s a reggae ballad that Emiliyah had ready when she met Stuart Inglis, aka MightyZ, the bass player and bandmaster at the All Stars. Recently they went into the studio to record an EP and the band agreed that this tune, their original song, should make it onto the track listing.
Reggae dub fans won’t be disappointed as the EP is presented in version or showcase style, with dub mixes accompanying two of the tracks three vocal cuts.
Emiliyah and the All Stars have created many other great songs since they hooked up and all of them are sung with as much heart, passion and talent as ‘Complete Me’. Emiliyah’s voice is comparable to those of the great singers from reggae’s golden years like Bob Andy or Susan Cadogan because her’s is also full of character and has amazing range and power. Emiliyah’s voice is on top form again for ‘My Man’, showing all of its amazing versatility and range. Is that Diana Ross or Bjork I hear as I play the track. Fantastic! Crucially, especially in a music as soulful as reggae, Emiliyah always delivers with every bit of her heart.
Although the best singers can stand alone, even the greatest are complimented by an expert and tight band. The All Stars provide Emiliyah with a rock solid rhythm section that harks back to the best work of the original British reggae bands such as Aswad or Black Roots. They’re not the Skatalites, the Roots Radics or the Revolutionaries but they are perhaps the best ‘new’ reggae band I’ve heard since I first heard the Roots Radics sometime way back then. I say new, the combined musical experience of the All Stars players of instrument is huge and the line up includes some old hands in the downbeat music scene. This experience shines through both in the playing and the mixing. You sure can dub it with the All Stars!
If you are looking for something that’s new in reggae and yet sticks faithfully to the roots that made reggae in the 1970s and early 1980s so special then check out this band’s brilliant EP.

If I’m stood gobsmacked in awe at a concert nowadays it will be because I have finally managed to get to see an old reggae act live on stage. Bob Andy did this to me at the Jazz Cafe in Camden a few years back. The man is a legend and he performed like one. Such acts are hard to follow because there’s a special honesty and purity about the original Kingston sound.
Emiliyah, the lead singer with MightyZ’s All Stars, can do this. She can make you stand and wonder - usually just before you get an irresistible urge to dance! Just like Bob Andy she has a secret weapon - a voice. It’s a very special instrument and she’s willing and able to use to its maximum on stage. Now this amazing voice has been captured in the recording studio.
I’ve been passed a copy of their new EP and every bit of this girl’s stunning vocal presence has made it onto the recording. Her voice is as sweet as it is gigantic. If you see this band live then be prepared to stand as I did during her opening number, literally stunned by her operatic voice!
The track ‘Complete Me’ appears on the EP. It’s a reggae ballad that Emiliyah had ready when she met Stuart Inglis, aka MightyZ, the bass player and bandmaster at the All Stars. Recently they went into the studio to record an EP and the band agreed that this tune, their original song, should make it onto the track listing.
Reggae dub fans won’t be disappointed as the EP contains killer dub mixes of two of the tracks.
Emiliyah and the All Stars have created many other great songs since they hooked up and all of them are sung with as much heart, passion and talent as ‘Complete Me’. Emiliyah’s voice is comparable to those of the great singers from reggae’s golden years like Bob Andy or Susan Cadogan because her’s is also full of character and has amazing range and power. Emiliyah’s voice is on top form again for ‘My Man’, showing all of its amazing versatility and range. Is that Diana Ross or Bjork I hear as I play the track. Fantastic! Crucially, especially in a music as soulful as reggae, Emiliyah always delivers with every bit of her heart.
Although the best singers can stand alone, even the greatest are complimented by an expert and tight band. The All Stars provide Emiliyah with a rock solid rhythm section that harks back to the best work of the original British reggae bands such as Aswad or Black Roots. They’re not the Skatalites, the Roots Radics or the Revolutionaries but they are perhaps the best ‘new’ reggae band I’ve heard since I first heard the Roots Radics sometime way back then. I say new, the combined musical experience of the All Stars players of instrument is huge and the line up includes some old hands in the downbeat music scene. This experience shines through both in the playing and the mixing. You sure can dub it with the All Stars!
If you are looking for something that’s new in reggae and yet sticks faithfully to the roots that made reggae in the 1970s and early 1980s so special then check out this band’s brilliant EP.