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NRG Rising - Album Review: Say Yes To Life

14 Jul 2018 // A review by Darryl Baser

Say Yes To Life has been described as a highly anticipated new album from whanau band NRG Rising. This group is a mother and two daughters, and right from the outset the whanau bond is obvious as the three women harmonise very well, with the sort of effortless styles which only comes from a very close family unit.

Producer Israel Starr of Bless Up Music is the album’s executive producer, giving Say Yes to Life a sassy Pacifica Reggae feel, with liberal smatterings of Rhythm and Blues.

The album opens with the Che Fu tune Conscious Soul Rebelwhich is beautifully interpreted by NRG Rising, and Che adds some backing vocals as well. It’s a smart way to open the LP.

Most of the tunes on Say Yes To Life are expertly penned by the whanau, and although it’s not really a collaborative album as such, it does feature some excellent guest performances, from Che Fu, Silvia MC, Lion Rezz, and the album’s producer Israel Starr. It’s a solid collection of songs, expertly curated and produced, with many subtle sonic aspects in the mix.

As their name suggests NRG Rising ​have the ethos of motivating, encouraging and inspiring listeners to live life to their full potential. Say Yes To Life​ is a celebration of life, living in your passion and always rising even when you may fall.

NRG​ Rising represented Aotearoa as the headline international artist at the ‘Gathering of Nations Pow Wow’ recently in the USA followed by a South-Western tour of the states.

This trio is all about standing strong with positive energy and passion, from a wahine toa philosophy, or kaupapa.

This is a gateway LP, although I’ve loved reggae since growing up in Turanganui-a-kiwa (Gisborne) in the 1970's, I totally believe NRG Rising’s Say Yes To Life can attract newcomers to the Reggae genre.


Written by Darryl Baser

 

About NRG Rising

NRG Rising is the world’s first mother and daughters trio to front fresh, fun and conscious reggae, showcasing soulful vocals & soothing harmonies. NRG Rising's fresh, female reggae has two main themes; one of fun, good times and love, and the other sharing messages that support self determination through personal development, including messages of belief, strength, and understanding. The debut album “From Darkness To Light” rings true to the two main themes, containing celebratory, upbeat melodies, heart-warming vibes and thought-provoking lyrics that are sure to become quick favourites.

Within their first 18 months, this energetic, entertaining and driven band achieved many musical milestones, including the following highlights;

• Performed 52 gigs, 36 of these being NRG Rising signature gigs

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for NRG Rising

Releases

From Darkness To Light
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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