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         Glory be unto the Father, Son and Holy One
         of Creatjon, His own divine majesty
         Emperor Haile Selassie I Jah Rastafar I.         
         Since his emergence in late 1996 as one of Jamaica's
         most promising dancehall Deejays, Miguel Collins'
         (aka SIZZLA) defiant lyrics and unapologetic attitude
         have probably made him Reggae's most controversial
         artist since Peter Tosh.
         This SIZZLA has certainly established himsell as the most
         tiery, articulate, spokesman of his generation.
         Songs like ,,Black Woman & Child" the title track from
         this album, ,,Babylon A Use Dem Brain" and ,,Give Them
         The Ride", all speak of what is happening not only to
         today's youths, but their poor, suffering parents as well.
         In these songs, Sizzla paints a picture of a society
         which seeks to brainwash its members into thinking
         that it is the will of God that some people should drink
         milk and honey, while others beg the waste. He obviously
         has no confidence that society will redress so many
         years of injustice and, therefore, ,,Babylon" is doomed for
         destruction for ever more. Deliverance comes via
         knowledge, not only of the grave holocaust inflicted
         upon the majority of the people for benefit of the few,
         butthrough finding a solution.
         SIZZLA's solution comes via knowing the malestic trinity
         of black prophets like Marcus Garvey and Prince
         Emmanuel, who preached of the glory of black Africa, and
         accepting the truth of the first Emperor Haile Selassie
         of Ethiopia, King of Kings the Conquering Lion.
         He is convinced that the only hope for suffering black
         masses is repatriation to Ethiopia: ,,,We don't want
         nothing from Babylon, only repatriation to Africa. But,
         in the meantime, we have to fight for our rights. Every
         day more youth get dead. Who cause this? I and I no
         consider mysell Jamaican. I and I a Ethiopian," he
         proclaimed in an Interview with the Jamaican
         newspaper, The Star. The system, he says: ,,Is a system
         set up by Heads of Govemment, that's why a nuff chant
         me ave fi chant so dat di yout' dem can learn di truth"
         he added.
         And Sizzla has been chanting. He has probably more
         records than any other Jamaican deejay out at the
         moment and, especially in Jamaica, they sell like hot
         bread, as people consider the reality of his statements in
         the light of daily experiences.
         Bobby Digital has put together probably the most explicit
         interpretation of Sizzla's music on this album. Like
         Marley and Tosh before hirn, he demands attention and
         he is certainly getting it from the Jamaican audience.
         Now one can judge his relevance based on this album,
         because Sizzla's message is not parochially Jamaican.
         lt is important to young people who suffered deprivation
         and poor people who suffer hunger and homelessness
         everywhere today

         Balford Henry (Sleevenotes from Sizzla - "Black Woman and Child") P'97

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