As far as crazy song names go, this one probably takes the cake. But that’s okay, because it’s not really a song…or is it? Press play on the video below and be the judge.
This “madd”eningly talented group of dub poets fuse words, instruments and harmonies into powerful social commentary. The first TickuTalk.com post about No-Maddz referred to them as a group rather than a band on purpose, because simply referring to them as a band would be too narrow a definition. They are actors, singers, songwriters and poets. They are performance artists in every sense of the word. Perhaps the highest praise of all that I can give them is that both my daughter and I loved this performance for entirely different reasons. She loved the silly and playful side of the music, while I appreciated the seriousness of the message they were trying to get across. Aside from our amateur opinions, I discovered that each member of the No-Maddz has individually earned the Youth Award for Excellence; awarded by the prime minister of Jamaica, it is considered the highest state award for youths in the country.
Unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance yet to listen to the full length album they recently released which was produced by the legendary Sly and Robbie. However, it is on my radar and I’m very much looking forward to diving into it soon.