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Answer Your Calling

by Joshua Alo

Massive acoustic solos adorn this very unique brand of Conscious Roots Reggae. Lyrics and music captivate the mind and soul with messages of faith, love and a call to global and self awareness. Truly inspirational.
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1. Irie
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2. Angel
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3. Blind Guides
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4. Faith
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5. Stand Firm
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6. Answer Your Calling
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7. La Genese De
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8. Dreaming
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9. Light Over Darkness
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10. Paradise
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11. Almighty's Creation
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12. A Thing Called Love
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Joshua Alo was Roots Reggae's first enlisted U.S. service member to bring Conscious Reggae music to and throughout the Middle East, including the frontlines of Iraq, listeners in Brazil and Europe all while serving the nation abroad. Though Joshua has separated from active duty service, he continues to captivate the heart and mind with messages of faith, love and a call to global and self awareness..."Alo's music reaches the depths of the soul and brings a sense of tranquility, “eloquently speaking of faith and messages appropriate for all times and seasons.” (Honolulu Star Bulletin ‘07).

Born and raised on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, Joshua blended strong ties between conscious roots reggae and the beauties of God's creations. At the age of 17, he began strumming the ukulele and acoustic guitar deep into the night on the rhythmic shores and hills of the island. “His laid-back music is conducive to deep thought and he brings that tropical sound to his debut album, Answer Your Calling. This is "hammock music": swaying, peaceful, and gorgeous, suited for sunset on a secluded beach, whether you're in the mood for love or for meditation though it’s the latter that Alo is more concerned with here.” (Reggae-Reviews.com)

In early 1999, Joshua enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served as a mail transportation manager where his job was strictly to ensure the deployed U.S and coalition troops receive mail, no matter where they were, to and from their loved ones back home. This unique occupation provided him a broad global experience and cultural understanding throughout the years having lived in Japan, Belgium, Italy, Kingdom of Bahrain, and traveled to 26 countries, to include multiple deployments to Iraq. While stationed in northern Italy, Joshua linked with the acclaimed Studio Beat2 Engineer and the sensational Italian tribal roots band...Zion Love, in collaboration and creation of his successful debut album "Answer your Calling”, which has received many accolades including a number 2 ranking in Brazil’s Radio Reggae Trade’s Top Reggae Albums of 2007.

Alo explains the meaning of the album’s title. “We are all searching for great purpose and have the guiding light to truth and divine calling right in front of us but we are blinded to it by focusing strictly on worldly definitions. Christ the Saviour restores sight to the blind but it is not only the blind that cannot see. We must stop following blind guides (not only in human form) and have the courage to answer our calling and give ourselves to the amazing grace and works of the Almighty, lift up our hands, lay down our prides and grasp this guiding light. I used to pray that the Lord’s will be done in my life through repetitious prayers but after further examination, I found I only meant it as long as His will was in full accord to what my will was…Only after a full surrender to His will can we begin to walk the narrow path and truly have the courage to answer our calling.

“Alo's debut left me in awe. Answer Your Calling is best described as an offering from the heart. The incredibly honest rhythm section is a true driving force. A mean, thundering bass combined with well placed heavy drum licks, rootical percussion, seventies organ sounds, guitar and hovering above that are Joshua Alo's angelic breathy vocals and ukulele.” (Teacha Dan, Rootsmusic.nl)

Everywhere he goes, Joshua sings Conscious Roots Reggae not only to the struggling soldier, but to all inhabitants in first, second and third worlds alike. He writes and sings from the depths of his heart, bringing forth visions of his vast experiences and gained knowledge and insight from his walk of faith in a world of political and spiritual unrest. “Alo has the talent and potential to rise in the reggae world, tempered by honesty and humility, such as demonstrated in his confessional album title song, "Answer Your Calling". This is not only commendable but inspiring for listeners searching for examples of truthfulness and authenticity in Babylon, where examples as such are not always easy to find.” (Jahworks.org magazine)

“Even if the old guard like Burning Spear does eventually step aside, fret not, for there’s no shortage of up-and-comers who’ll carry on. Joshua Alo is one of them. Alo’s songs are mellow and meditative, his vocals direct and committed, and glow with an unpretentious, spiritual aura that’s entirely infectious”. (World Music Central.org)

Alo now resides in the European capitol of Brussels Belgium in hopes of further expanding his music on an international scale. And to further incorporate and cultivate his worldly sound, Joshua has teamed up with hard hitting musicians from Burkina Faso (Mr. Saidou), Democratic Republic of Congo (Mr. Julien) and Brussels Belgium (Mr. Seb Degreef). This team is now ready to bring forth spiritual Christ vibes while upholding the integrity of conscious roots reggae. Works on the second album (Orchid Unknown) will soon begin in early '09.

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Sosefina

This album is Awesome!
This album is awesome, so is the artist, an amazingly nice young man...Much Aloha's to u Braddah Josh

Mike Roots, WAPJ 89.9 & 105.1 FM Torrington, CT

Joshua Alo's "Answer Your Calling"
Joshua Alo's debut "Answer Your Calling" is an album filled with fresh, organic, relaxed yet intense roots reggae music. Rather than rely on lyrical cliches, Alo pens poetic lyrics which stimulate the mind and cause one to really listen and consider. The title track, "Angel of Love" and "Light Over Darkness" are but a few of the highlights. The backing band, Zion Love, provide the perfect complement to Alo's plaintive wailing voice and soothing acoustic guitar. In addition, there is a pinch of Hawaiian seasoning thrown in as well!

Sistah Jah Figueroa

Spiritualation!!
Joshua Alo produced a Gift. Not only was the Gift FOR him to sing and bring forth, but it was also FROM him, and given with much Love and Positive Vibes to the people of the world. The rhythm, instruments, lyrics and strong energy from those involved in this project made a perfect combination to make this cd what it is - NEW WINE. If you don't already have a copy of "Answer Your Calling" then I highly recommend it! You will guarantee be taken into a deep meditation once you hear the flow of the beat, and the lyrics thereof. This is truely Good FRUIT, produced by a Good TREE, which springs up from a Foundation in which the message beneath "Answer Your Calling" is all about - A HIGHER FAITH. Get the cd, and you will hold the power to experience a vibe never yet felt before, until now....All we need is Faith.

Yvette


Josh's album is one of the few things I look forward to listening to in the morning. He is a man that is much more than just his music. Listen to the words, and you'll be swept away by not only the beats and instrumentals,but also the messages... May Jah bless him on his journeys...

MORSPIRIT

POSITIVE VIBRATION
tout d'abord je voudrais remercier joshua alo de ce respectable album, vraiment juste le titre ANSWER YOUR CALLING fait vibrer et aussi les lyrics sont top, respect a toi mon frere et esperons te voir un jour ici au MAROC .
respect

rls


This is a must have for all you true roots reggae lovers out there! The album is full of inspirational and uplifting songs that can speak true to many religions and humble souls. It will touch the hearts of many troubled minds out there and remind those who have gone astray. If you are a lost soul this will definitely lift your spirit. The acoustic sounds are beautiful and the album overall is great!

Shane Ne

Great Music!!
Joshua Alo's debut album, in my opinion, is arguably one of the best albums of the year. Every track on the album is great. I don't need to skip a track ... EVER!!

Ruby

Evidence of a TRUE calling!!
What can I say this album is the best I have ever heard,not only is this band ever so BLESSED. The heart of this man is truly one awesome soja of God.Everyone has got to have this as part of there everyday listening music.It is part of mine and I am truly, truly blessed everyday by this album.Much more blessing to you Brotha Joshua!!!

Keanu Agbayani

Refreshing wake up call
From Irie's feel good mood to the last track on the album, Joshua finds a way to captivate our minds with the cultivation of our dreams through inspirational ballads such as Answer Your Calling, and Faith. Although classified under roots reggae, the genre in which he falls under could be better described as simply conscious music; music for the mind, body and soul. Blessed as a beautiful song writer his greatest attribute is his one of a kind voice that grabs your attention which in turn grasps your mind. He masterfully balances the album switching from uplifting songs of the human inner tribulation such as Stand Firm to heart melting love songs such as Dreaming. Living in a world filled with so much negativity and tyranny; Joshua's album Answer Your Calling is a refreshing wake up call to get up off of your sorrows and LIVE!

Keanu Agbayani
Poet

Arlene

Got Style:-)
5 star album... Josh's songs are great, very different from most roots I have heard, he definetly got his own style... Keep it up!!!
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