Title: Long Journey
Label: Oneness Records / Naptali
Services by Soulfire: Presspromotion / Digital Distribution / Physical Distribution
A chance meeting in Germany, when Naptali was there visiting his cousin, brought him and Oneness Records together. It was here that he heard the live riddims of the Oneness band and felt the vibe and energy of their music and thought it would be the perfect backdrop for presenting his songs of consciousness and righteousness while expressing his firm beliefs in the livity of Rastafari.
The majority of tracks on the album are produced and recorded with a live band and this really gives the album a classic roots sound. The lyrical content and Naptali’s singing style also give the album a very soulful feel and no more so than on songs like the excellent’What We Fighting For’, the slightly sugary sweet ‘Grandma’, performed with fellow country man Arofat, which actually rides the soul riddim and ‘Law of Attraction’, a song that I feel could have a promising commercial crossover appeal thanks to these soulful, pop sensibilities.