CD REVIEW: Buchi Self-titled

Born in Kaduna, Nigeria to parents of Abia State origin, Buchi’s early education began in Enugu and took him through Methodist College, Uzuakoli and Federal Government College, Enugu. In 1983, he came to Lagos to study English Language and Literary Studies at the University of Lagos, obtained a BA in 1986, MA in 1988 and later same year took up an appointment to lecture at the same institution alongside a PhD program. Buchi remained at the Department of English until 1994 when he yielded to the higher calling to propagate the gospel of Jesus through writing and singing same in the reggae genre.

Buchi is no newcomer, as this gathering of his work from six releases over the years comes together for one good look at it all. These are not only religious, but also very musically mainstream picks for the genres they spread over. This is not a man who takes, but gives all he has to make his uniquely classic pieces work for as many cultures that hear it. But it does take being interested in what he has to offer, before just anyone is to appreciate it. So, it’s not easy giving a perspective look at Christian music when you don’t normally listen to much. But if you like reggae you will go beyond that effort and actually enjoy this.

It starts off with “Jesus Must Be Honored” and if you look this up on YouTube via the internet, you’ll see how much traction it gets, and be able to put some vision to it as well. It tells the truth to any believe in Christ, but doesn’t try to tell you that you can’t live without honoring him. But Bushi isn’t one to preach the opposite. It’s commending how well he blends all of his musician influences into this one song. It’s all there for the taking of what he’s giving. I find it to be quite subtle yet powerful from beginning to end. I would expect it to have that same appeal to anyone hearing it, but that is not always going to happen. In honoring that, you’ll be happy to go through the playlist of titles to choose from with, starting with the high energy of “Three In One” to keep your hair standing up and your head motioning back and forth in the sway of it all. It reminds me a lot of Third World, and everyone from Bob Marley to Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff, which means, needless to say, it follows a pretty classic reggae backing that won’t quit. But it preaches more religion than the sort of peace and love that reggae pleads for.

It’s not something I can nail as good as the next who might have all of Buchi’s work, but I get all of the essential points. Not to confuse anyone, but there is a lot more here than meets the ears. With even more to say he gets compiled here to the best of ability, with integrity to release a good package. “MmaMma” tells the gospel with a lot of twist to keep it interesting and the listener drawn in. It is a fine piece, a good mood reflection song. It’s all about being grateful, as with most of the CD. It askes and cleverly answers questions at the same time, and it has to be one of the more enlightening tracks. It leaves you feeling positive and prosperous. This piece alone is worth the price of admission. But get this release in your life, either way.


by Randy Jones

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