Just before the end of the year we received the new album of Africa's number one reggae star, Alpha Blondy. It had been over five years since Alpha's last effort and all that time his fans had to make do with a number of 'Best Of' compilations, with Tiken Jah Fakoly waiting in the wings to take over. With 'Jah Victory' Alpha hits back and it has to be said this is a solid effort. Blondy has left nothing to chance; for production, he joined forces with Tyrone Downie (keyboardist for The Wailers and now producer) and the musicians on 'Jah Victory' are no strangers either (Sly Dunbar on drums, Robbie Shakespeare on bass, Earl 'Chinna' Smith on guitar and Sticky Thompson on percussion). Notable songs: the Pink Floyd-cover 'I Wish You Were Here' (note the bagpipes!), the anti Tiken Jah Fakoly (?) tune 'Mister Grand Gueule' and finally the version of the Bob Marley classic 'Crazy Baldheads' for the occasion translated as 'Sales Racistes'.