Label: Mt. Nebo Records
Reviewer: M. Patton. "General MP"
Iba’s Many Lives , released in 2006 on Mt. Nebo Records is definitely one of last years truly inspiring works out of St. Croix, Virgin Islands. Produced by Bambu Station, this a well composed, collection of tracks with an uplifting, Rastafari driven, serious roots and culture message that is current to the times we livin’ in.
When Iba asks the listener “What is going to be your contribution?”, in the song, “Save the World” you know exactly where this man is going with his message. His music has a much needed uplifting tone despite his serious call out to mankind to get it together. Another track titled “Love Life”, begins with Iba stating that his song is livicated to Life. Believe it! If you love and respect life then you must hate war. It is not a complex, or difficult concept, and Iba conceptualizes it perfectly.
This is music to share with your children, your grandchildren your friends and family. Spiritual heights, for real, yes Rasta! The third track on Many Lives, titled “World Crisis” breaks it down, and gives a very real explanation as to the very real World Crisis we are in now.
What I like about roots reggae music whether it comes from Jamaica, Brazil, Canada or St. Croix is the foundation of Rastafari teachings. This is not overlooked with Iba’s firm statement in “Jah Teachings”, “It don’t matter if you never went to college, you must always sight up Jah Knowledge” Yes I bredren! This is the real deal roots, outa di Island known for a wealth of talented new Reggae musicians.
On track 8, “Afrika”, Iba is joined by Ijah Menelik, in a work celebrating the land of the Lion of Judah. Iba is also accompanied by Rafijah chanting on “Babylon Don’t Like”, and tells us of Babylon’s wicked intentions.
This is a solid work with divine inspiration through and through. Do something good for your soul and spirit and pick up your copy of Many Lives. Available through www.MTNEBORECORDS.com