Sista Dee | Wise Up

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Wise Up

by Sista Dee

Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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1. Some Awine
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2. Don't Cry
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3. Wise Up Your Eyes
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4. Winston Boyz
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5. Yam Ave Everything
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6. Don't Look Fi My Number
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7. Mi Cuddley
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8. Killing Mother Nature
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9. War Perception
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10. Zung Zeng
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11. 2000 Years of History
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12. Corporation
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13. Freddie Blues
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Grande Gordo Papa for ElIntercambio.org

Wise Up with Sista Dee
Sista Dee ‘Wise Up’ CD
Gibraltar’s own Sista Dee's 1st long playing CD although diverse enough to cater for all fans of different styles of Reggae falls firmly in the camp of uplifting and conscious music. Every track on this album is special but for now I will just run through my favourites.
Firstly I must go straight to 'Winston boyz' a heartfelt and politically dangerous salute to the young smugglers of Gibraltar and their murderous treatment at the hands of the Coast guards. With its stand out Chorus “Dem a kill you” it is hypnotic, frightening and exciting.
‘Wise up your eyes’ is reminiscent to me of Bob Marley’s 'No Woman No Cry' as a reminder of the plight, beauty and strength of woman kind. A powerfully beautiful record and a record well overdue.
'Killing Mother nature' another stand out with its chorus "Aahh haahhh Ahh hohhh" mimicking the cries of our home mother earth as we torture and defile her with our ignorance, avarice and greed.
“Don’t cry" with its hypnotic chorus "Ley Y Ley" making this another stand out tune especially from the perspective of what it has to say about the honest artistic desire and the love of music. “Ragga Artist come and sing Opera, Opera singer come and sing do lo”, If only more people took this attitude to musical division.
I also discovered ‘2000 years of history’ and ‘Yam Ave Everything’, two songs for the spiritual and intellectual to the extent of having a Stephen Hawkins depth of the lyrics. I say this because I read an article in the science section of a UK broadsheet a year later where phd level scientists were debating exactly the points that Sista Dee makes in these songs, mindboggling.
‘Corporation’ allows us to see another side of Sista Dee, Sista Dee the M.C. a job she handles with confidence and finesse. Also the inclusion of local Gibraltar MC, Liam Byrne on ‘War Perception’ and make a brilliant addition to this. Don Spider Appears on both of these tracks where he gets to show his one off singing style to its full potential particularly on ‘War perception’ where he rouses us with his anti-battle cry “No No No , No no no war, No No No we don’t want no war”
Lastly I must mention the Wise Up crew, Sista Dee’s group of musicians whose skill and professionalism help to set this album apart. They do this 1stly by giving the Reggae a Latin feel in tune with its Andalucían place of birth but also by the skillful artistry in their play making it sound more organic than much of the sampled studio produced Reggae of the moment.
To sum this album up this is Reggae for the listener. Yes you can jam down to tracks like 'Winston boyz' and 'Corporation' as well as to any dancehall coming out of Jamaica but it is the depth and level of social, spiritual and political insight that really sets this album apart and will make you want to play this album again and again as if you are really listening it will always have something new to tell you.
A must have CD. Sista Dee’s ‘Wise up’ album is a show case of the best of what conscious Reggae can be with enough modern dancehall spice to keep up with the times yet intellectual and spiritual enough with its message to prevent our world changing for the worst.