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Album-Review: Dactah Chando - Clara


by Larson Sutton

Album-Review: Dactah Chando - Clara

The Dactah is in, and this examination is going to take a while.  At 21 tracks, including three dubs and a megamix medley, Dactah Chando’s debut release, Clara, could be considered, in old school parlance, a double album.  At nearly an hour and 20 minutes, the length alone signifies an artist with a lot to say.  And, he says it.  Often rapid-fire, without so much as a breath, Chando weaves his way through song after song with an assault of lyrics.


To be fair, it is all in Spanish, so I cannot comment on the content of the songs, but that did not stop the album from having a distinct effect on me, regardless of comprehending the words.  The tempos shift between the slow grooves of a hot day, to the club-bumping beats of a hotter night.  While it plays in many ways as a modern reggae album, with island flavors, it is distinctly European in many moments.  Perhaps no track is more befitting this description than Me Captas, which puts you in the scorching sand, but more likely on a beach in the Canary Island, a source of much inspiration for Chando, rather than the shores of Jamaica.


The megamix medley closing the set features Luciano, Louie Culture, Gyptian, and Alborosie, and in a sense signifies a new breed of reggae artist, one with a European sensibility, a respect for the genre, and a desire to push it harder and further into the future.

Release details

Dactah Chando - Clara

Dactah Chando - Clara


Release date: 06/24/2011


01. Intro
02. Wansagain                    
03. Musica Fluye               
04. Escribirte La Canción            
05. Punto com               
06. Power fi chant       
07. Todo Es Jah                
08. Me Captas                    
09. Abusadores feat. Tanya Stephens    
10. No Eres Juez        
11. Clara                
12. Palante feat. Pachango            
13. Pasa El Tiempo            
14. Hermandad                
15. Es En Jah                
16. Mi Orgullo „Romance“ Interlude
17. Mi Orgullo                    
18. Todo es Dub            
19. Hermandad Dub                
20. Palante Dub            
21. Hooded Claw Megamix (Medley)   
feat. Dactah Chando, Luciano, Louie Culture, Gyptian, Alborosie