Watusi Reviews

Watusi :

“Intoxicating..tropical..lulls you into a frenzy that makes you want to dance!”
-Dallas New Music ‘97

“Wonderful music, great vocals, unique style.” -King Sunny Ade (Nigeria)

“Love your music...powerful, eclectic and electric.” - Don Carlos, Black Uhuru

“Ya Mon!, Like your style!” - Ziggy Marley

“Dallas’ Reggae hometown Heroes.” - Texas Beat Magazine

“I dig your sounds. Irie, mon!” - Tom Cruise

“Refreshing, uplifting...the real ting, mon!” - Ben Vereen

“The best Reggae and World Beat! I’m ready to dance!” - Marilyn McCoo

“The Island” LP is a great first effort!! The music is great!” - James Keene/Jamekee Records

“ This is a hot, hot band with universal appeal and a big future.” - Buford Jones, Producer

“Best Reggae Band , north or south of the Red River.” - University of Oklahoma

“Keep up the vibes!” - Ras Records

“Dallas PREMIER Reggae band for many years.” - Ima Uwagbi / KNON Reggae Radio, Dallas

“Beautiful people, beautiful music.” - Richard Oshinnga / Royal Rack Reggae

“This World Beat is THE music of the new millenium.” - Peter Gabriel

“Our favorite band.” - Dallas Sidekicks Pro Soccer Team

“Love your sound ...first singer I’ve heard that sounds like Bob Marley.” - Karen Denard/PBS Radio

“ Best Band we’ve EVER booked in 17 years of operation!” - Rush Creek Yacht Club

“Great music, LOVE you guys!!!” - Tyra Banks, International Supermodel

Watusi ~ Cool Runner

From Dallas comes 'Cool Runner' the latest outing of Watusi, released on the World Beatnik Records imprint. The band members originate from a variety of countries in the Caribbean and Afrika, and all these influences can be heard on this album. Next to roots reggae tracks (Somebody, Cool Runner, One world Generation, Steppin Outta Time), "Cool Runner" contains dancehall reggae (Big up, Will it Go Round in Circles ?, Watu Man), lovers rock with a soul of jazz (Irie Love), Afrikan Hi-Life and Ju-Ju (Majombo, Living End) and even Soca and Zouk (What You See, Zouk Me Up).
This eclectic variety of styles and riddims found on 'Cool Runner' is a plus point. Powerful, positive lyrics, great musicianship, tight arrangements, this is a strong, fusion-reggae group of players. On most tracks the horns and keyboards provide colors and depth, adding strength and power to the tracks. Overall, the tracks invite you to dance, while 'Children of the Rainbow' (complete with a very nice sax solo) is more reflective.
"Cool Runner' is a very postive album, full of great energy, a world vision with a reggae soul, and very danceable in any language, so "feel the vibrations and dance, mon!"

Teacher & Mr. T. - Reggae Times