Move On (Deluxe Edition)

Release Date: 2015-02-17
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Album Review

Omari is already the new star of the East. I feel almost moved to tears every time I hear the song Move On.” Such statements are issued easily, but with this one coming fromStephen “Cat” Coore of Third World, we should definitely take a listen.

Omari Banks hails from the British colony of Anguilla, situated east of the Virgin Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Music had always been a part of his life. He had his first stage appearance when he was just five years old, and that concert took place far from home in Milan, Italy. It was actually his fathers’, who, known by his stage name Bankie Banx, rose to fame as the reggae pioneer of the Eastern Caribbean.

Omari opted for a professional career in cricketing, from which he retired in 2012. It was only then that he started to focus on music professionally, with the single Move On mentioned at the beginning of this review.

He seems to be serious about moving on from sports to music, as he presented a debut album one year later (2013), Move On, recorded between Kingston, Jamaica and Houston, TX together with renowned musicians including Sly Dunbar, Robbie Lyn, Cat Coore, as well as his father and some of his father’s musicians. Steven Stanley did the mixing. The album went somewhat unnoticed by the media outside of the Caribbean. It is now being re-released in a deluxe version that comes with two extra tracks.

On the now thirteen tracks of Move On, Omari Banks employs a unique style that incorporates elements of melancholic pop, of rock, blues, and R’n’B into playful reggae. His label speaks of “an adult contemporary fusion that he blends seamlessly with lovers rock.

Indeed, a considerable part of this album’s lyrics deal with matters of the heart. Such as the somewhat cheesyPuppy Love, the intense Unafraid, the quiet Somaya, the slow and jazzy Let It Go, the faster and more thrillingRun Around (that returns at the end of the album as a remix version featuring Jemere Morgan), or the more desperate How Do I.

While Omari Banks is undeniably great at sining lovers rock tunes, he is at least as good when he focuses on other things. Banks praises Jah in Jehovah Message, defends righteous livity together with Peetah Morgan inNo Point To Prove, and calls for repatriation in Oh Africa. Together with his father, he gives some general advice on life in We’ve Seen It All. While Move On is free of fillers, Omari Banks is at his very best when he comments on social issues. Still The Youth You Blame is a deep, haunting song that shows the influences Bob Dylan has left on Omari’s music.

With Move On only being the debut album, chances are high that Omari Banks will enjoy more success as a professional singer than he did when he played cricket. His re-released album debut is definitely the most surprising release 2015 has offered us so far, and this carefully crafted LP comes with so much details to discover that Move On won’t be forgotten by the end of this year.

Source – Reggaeville.com

Available Lyrics

Move On

VERSE 1

It’s in your moment of trial you decide

If you will win or roll over and die

Where there is no vision my friend we shall die

Steadfast to your faith and soar to the sky

CHORUS

Don’t look back on what you should have done

Just move on, but learn you champion

Don’t sit and sulk my friend you are God’s son

Just move on, but learn you champion, with faith the battle’s won

VERSE 2

Enjoy the journey where you want to go

Smile at times when your faith’s running low

Be aware of those who don’t mean you well

Improve yourself and show others respect

VERSE 3

And when you’ve reached as high as you can climb

Be sure to pass what you’ve learnt down the line

Find peace, in knowing you gave it your best

Be true to yourself and have no regrets

Move On – Copyright 2011 Omari Banks

Do not reproduce, distribute or otherwise use without express written permission from Omari Banks.

Puppy Love

VERSE 1

Saw you steering back at me

And I could not believe

That I was just thirteen,

When I told you you’re a queen

And would sing you melodies

 

Some things can never be explained

I plant the seed, you let it rain,

And now the seasons’ here

My heart you will not share

Defend you through the years

Through the years

 

CHORUS

When I told you I care

I knew you’d believe me

Even though we never understood

We held on through the years

In your arms for safety

Puppy love, with time it grew

VERSE 2

And now the years have passed us by,

And days together we always smile

Its hard to tell a lie

But then again, why should I

When our future looks so bright

 

Sometimes I stop and wonder why

A true princess would give me the time

I have to testify, I’ve been wrong at certain times

But always knew you were a prize, you’re a prize

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE

Its hard to find words to explain how much you mean to me

But I’m lucky, puppy love is not eternity

 

CHORUS

Unafraid

VERSE 1

I was your man

But situations would dictate how we would plan

You were a friend,

Always there to give a smile and lend a hand

Finding reasons to prove what we’re doing was right

But never once the truth would ever hide

Its always hard for lovers to say their goodbyes

But moving on we’ll sever our ties

 

CHORUS

How could we be, so unafraid to love

How could we be, so irresponsible

Its easy it seems, when you’ve mistaken love

So goodbye maybe we’ll keep in touch

 

VERSE 2

What felt so right,

Over time would change to mistrust and sweet lies

A little compromise

Like we did at first , before the water turned to ice

Finding reasons to prove what we’re doing was right

But never once, the truth would ever hide

Its always hard for lovers to say their goodbyes

But moving on we’ll sever our ties

 

CHORUS

 

BRIDGE

Forgive me for wanting to go

With time your sorrow won’t show

I miss you but we have to say our goodbyes

Perfect love is rare and hard to find

Oh Africa

Verse 1

For so long you’ve been made to cry

Even your people pushed you aside

Battered and bruised

Your spirit has never died

 

Some look on and say Oh well

But we your children shall fight to the end

Mama in you

Our true image reflects

That’s why I’m gonna sing now

 

Cho à

Oh Africa

I love you Africa

We are Africans

We must live as one

No matter our home

Or the nations we roam

Our roots are in your ground

 

Verse 2

Many years of turmoil and strife

We are scarred but we have survived

So many souls

Have been lost in the plight

 

Though your history is so deep and rich

Despite the truth which they have switched

We shall move on

Knowing with faith the battle’s won

That’s why I’m gonna sing now

 

Cho à

 

Bridge

Sometimes you feel we act to late

And you have no friends to defend your states

Though we benefit in so many ways

From your wealth and your gold

Our history we now know

That’s why I’m gonna sing now…

 

No Point To Prove

Intro

Don’t think cause I’m kind I’m a fool (yes sAh)

The roads that we walk never smoothe (no no)

So we ah trample evil night and day (night and day)

With we left foot first while we pray (Omari a Tell dem)

 

Chorus

Peetah We don’t have no point to prove

We dont have to to front to try confuse

We nah copy from boy paper

I make the moves and the the boy dem follow/folla

So we nah go pay them no mine

Keep doing our ting tek we we blessing in time

We nah copy from boy paper

I make the moves an den the boy dem follow/folla

 

 

Verse1

Beware of those who are never satisfied

I mean ambition is great

But please don’t compare your life with mine

Home grown done say its from you small

You never fraud to speak your mind

So me ah talk di truth who get vex tell them they get left behind

So we don’t seek acceptance when we speak of go Infront the public eye

Real recognize real so when I speak of myself I don’t glorify

 

Chorus

And I don’t have no point to prove

I don’t have to front to try confuse

I don’t copy from paper

I make the move a den the rest dem follow…. Etc

 

 

Verse 2

You know I would have never forget 2006

When me Chaka Dan use to lick dem fi six

but no no matter what you do dem still a criticize

Even 2003 when man ah soar in the sky

So I coulda never mix up in dem politics

It’s longtime in suck of dem hypocrites

Till even up to now you know them still ah ask my why

How could Banko leave them high and dry

But mi mummy say not every smirk is a smile

So my boy be wise.

 

Chorus

 

 

Peetah Morgan verse3

 

Omari,, yuh say dem see and nah no we

And ah chat we, this is what some of dem like to do

It’s a pity dem nah know say ah  jah alone can judge we can judge we

Waste dem ah waste dem time ah look fi we to prove so they can approve

All the things we do, I tell them watch and learn watch and learn

Nah look approval from them so we ah do di how we do it mi friend

 

Chorus

Cause we have no point fi prove

And I don’t have to front fi try confuse and mi no copy from boy paper

We make the moves and den di boy dem follow

Peetah we nah going pay dem no mine

We keep doing our ting and take we blessing in time

We nah copy from boy paper

We make the moves and den fi boy dem follow

 

Verse4

Long time mi no dem hypocrites

Nah speak di truth dem life a gimmick

Never satisfied that’s  why dem critisize

No point to prove me ah praise di most high

We nah joke we nah sport we nah pretend

Long rope that you see have a end

So follow fashion thing we nah support

There’s No point to prove me nah brag me nah boast

 

Adlib…..Whoaaaa do do……

 

Chorus first chorus lyrics

 

 

Adlib……Omar don’t have no point to prove No no no no no no no

 

Outro

Real talk no point to prove

How Do I

Verse 1

We’ve both made mistakes thats in the past,

Lets turn things around, lets take the chance

 

You know what I said, could not be true,

How could I have fallen out of love with you

I’ll give it all back if you just give our love a try

The memories I sleep with every night

 

Chorus

How do I prove my prove my love to you

How do I undo what I’ve confused

How do I erase all the pain

How do I gain back your trust again

Why can’t I sing a sweet love song

Without seeing you face when I strum

Please take me back my love

 

 

Verse 2

Its been 4 months and 7 days

But why look at time when you’re away

I took you love for granted

Why was I more concerned about being right

I’ll take it all back if you just give our love a try,

The memories I sleep with every night

Verse 3

Now hear me my dear its my final plea,

Ignore those friends , and bad company

No one is perfect, you know that too

The rest of my life, I’ll devote to you

I’ll give up my wants and needs to give you your every wish

Rekindle my flame with your kiss

Jehovah Message

Musical Intro

 

Sermon to one and all

Talk your talk if your want

Big up rastaman them from the start

 

Chorus

Jehovah Message Iya Spread

Pure lyrics and love me present

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question me flex

I keep my music sweet with rhymes

Speak the truth and grow my hair if I like

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t question Iya flex

 

Verse 1

Its so interesting to see

How people think and what they believe

And how they’ll cast judgment on simple things

That they don’t know, but they believe

Its funny how they’ll think they’re right

Try to tell you how to live your life

They tell me I should cut my hair

Of Delilah I’ll be aware

 

Chorus

Jehovah Message Iya Spread

Pure lyrics and love me present

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question Iya flex

I keep my music sweet with rhymes

Speak the truth and grow my hair if I like

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question my flex

 

Verse 2

If you check it all along

Its not your hair but what goes on in your heart

You watch the rastas and you frown

You kiss your teeth when them locks touch the ground

You so quick to criticize

But watch no face

It is content of life

The truth cuts you like a sword

My music food for your soul

 

 

Chorus

Jehovah Message Iya Spread

Pure lyrics and love me present

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question Iya flex

I keep my music sweet with rhymes

Speak the truth and grow my hair if I like

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question iya flex

 

Verse 3

Through the father came the son

So then with life the gift and the curse becomes one

But don’t you try to quantify

Along the road of life there’ll be changes with time

So just like Jesus Christ

We live we learn and burn Babylon all the while

But not forgetting while we strive

Ignore the bondage state of mind

 

Chorus

Jehovah Message Iya Spread

Pure lyrics and love me present

Banko Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question Iya flex

I keep my music sweet with rhymes

Speak the truth and grow my hair if I like

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex me cousin Teef sing for them

 

Lateef Verse

So much people start to scorn me from them see me buss me locks

Nuff of dem don’t like the way me live me life outside de box

Even if it have smooth road them want me trod de rocks

So the smile in a me face is just to stab me in me back

A lot people judge your external appearance

Some of them will hate you cos them never love your parents

But me pay me rent and every cent I have to earn it

Like everything wha negative de rastaman a burn it

 

Chorus

Jehovah Message Iya Spread

Pure lyrics and love me present

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question Iya flex

I keep my music sweet with rhymes

Speak the truth and grow my hair if I like

Never sign up for no beauty contest

Don’t vex stop question my flex

Album Review

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