To those who love snapshots, it seems as if YaniSs Odua’s Nouvelle Donne is the maturity album. Beyond this rinsed formula, it is above all a brilliant record signed by an artist who knows how to get the balance between the great sound, the good attitude and conscious lyrics.
From the first song that gives its title to the album, we are in the heart of the subject: « Nouvelle donne, éternel recommencement / Nouvel épisode, tout est cyclique en ce monde / L’horloge tourne et tourne encore, comme depuis la nuit des temps ». On the solid production of Clive Hunt, the last of the Jamaican music greats, YaniSs poses some lyrics not less solid, with honey in the mouth and militant razor blades to say no to the system, injustice, repression.
No wonder that Keny Arkana, rapper and alterglobalist, came to bring her rhymes and her passion on « écoutez-nous ! » A splendid reggae hip-hop mix. The other featuring is straight from Jamaica : Brian Gold brings his golden voice to « Feeling », more melodic and equally powerful. Throats are tied up when listening to « Refugee », narrative in the first person of an immigrant who lost everything and went to try his luck on the other side of the world after « crossing land, the desert and the sea ».
Without sacrificing to the fashion of the moment, YaniSs manages to reconcile trends and modernize reggae, incorporating the hip-hop spirit on several rhythms, accelerating the rhythm at rocksteady style for the single « La Maison Ne Fait Plus Crédit ».
Talented musicians, a unique vocal presence and strong themes. That’s why Nouvelle Donne is YaniSs Odua’s best album, of those who will turn for long on the virtual turntables of his fans and lovers of good sound roots.