Lion Tafari – Birth name Demetrius Durand was born April, 22,1980 on the Island of Dominica. While growing up his interest lead more towards singing, taking part in school talent shows or simply being in the hallways with friends, at recess chanting a few reggae tunes.
In his mid teens he relocated to the U.S. Virgin Islands, St Croix. His latest single is Remember The Dayz (revised version) released in October, 2016 from the album FYAH STARTA. The only confusion can be found in the balance of its hip hop leanings away from reggae, but the winner of the UK’s best reggae album award can add whatever he wants.
This is not your average reggae music, it comes with a hip hop twist and a great deal of humor expressed in front of the overall message. Lion Tafari is someone you might not be ready for, as far as he’s concerned in the lyrics to much on the album this single is from. He sings about how what he does comes off to the masses, which nobody is ready to embrace, and that’s turns the tables for all it’s worth. You can’t get lost if you follow lyrics, nor can you set him down if you love the beats. And Remember TheDayz (Revised Version) is no exception to that rule. Slap an electro-vocal on it and it even enters some of the electronica factors in which many club oriented styles including EDM are full of these days. It helps cross from hardcore reggae into these other genres. But the whole album plays on that groove as well, so Remember The Days is simply just one from what is a consistently standard album release. It leads this review right back to the album from which it came. And that’s a testament to both, and goes to show why it was selected and revised for this single. Lion Tafari seems to be doing something right by that, and that integrity goes a long way for any artist.
When you turn this on the first effect you get is a needle dropping and a few scratches make way to wasting no time getting the message across. Memories are everything to some, unfortunately not so popular with others. Music lovers get it and perhaps that might be because memories are so powerful they can be engulfed by a melody forever. And that helps this track carry the message so well, extended by the revising of it. This is updated and a bonus treat if you already have the album. Lion Tafari kills two birds with one stone for you, which always comes recommended by the true music supporters. The track sits right in the middle at number six on a twelve-track album, but now stands out as the proper single. There is a one minute extension with inclusion of the scratchy intro and other embellishments to help qualify it as a “revised” single. That just goes to show his generosity to fans, rather than just issuing the album cut. Other tracks from FYAH STATA include some good laid back grooves, with “No Ready(featuring Big Boss)” leading it off. And if you pick up the album itself, you’ll be impressed with how it plays out loud and clear from there till the final beats of “Rise Again” with Lion Tafari driving home his healing message with all the elements embodied in this single there is really nothing to suggest improving upon.