What listeners are saying:
• “Rich, raw grace…” – Kyana
• “I’ve ranked your album as my top five of 2003” – ByRon
• “The man wails to the heavens on “Free” like the lord wasn’t listening” – Ty
Reggae-flavored conversation is a response to the world of 9/11. These 12 songs explore the relationship between society and self, and document my journey from despair to hope.
Windy City Times
The aptly titled Someday Peace Love & Freedom by Nhojj, is acoustic soul music with a message. Addressing homelessness (“The Beggar’s Cup”), settling disagreements (“Peace”), ending ignorance and hate (“Fighting For Love,” “Someday”), and loss (“I Miss You”), Nhojj does it all with an island flavor and the resolve of church music.
LOGO-Magazine - UK's #1 Free New Music Magazine
If Wyclef is the new face of social conscience and Arrested Development its history, then Caribbean-born, NY-raised Nhojj is its voice. What a voice. It manifests itself through his throat as a honeyed, subdued and unadorned combination of Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye; it manifests itself through his fingers when he writes simple plainsong that sounds like it was birthed in the cotton fields; it manifests itself in an imagination that has created a hybrid of soft southern soul, folk and jazz-reggae. His is a voice that is as familiar as an old friend, as comforting as a happy memory, as stirring as the first flush of love. His is a voice that speaks from every orifice, hear it.
The Gauntlet - University of Calgary, Canada
Someday Peace Love and Freedom shines with a vision often missing in today's society. A sense of disintegration which seems to have incapacitated us, like freedom songs of the past left with nothing but a paucity for their artists' ideals. But alone in your car on some isolated road, you can still hear the echo of the people who once trusted these morals, and those who still do. It is Nhojj's poetic sensibilities found through his sophomore album which evoke such striking textures. Nhojj's voice resonates with the trust that as long as new generations are forthcoming, our hearts will continue to question the world's ethics and their correspondence to our natural beliefs. He does this by bringing indignation into soulful hymns of faith, juxtaposing anthems of spoken word against tracks with gentle beats, serene acoustics and gentle humming. The result is a record of dynamic harmony. He not only wrote, but also produced, arranged and mixed by Nhojj. Clearly demonstrating the importance of understanding oneself to understand the world, he alludes to Marley's former call for "one love, one heart" with "someday we'll get together, someday we'll feel alright." Recognizing the past, he visualizes the future, trusting time will bring us forward. This is an album which brings hope and whose message we all should heed.
Nhojj is a one-man orchestra. He recorded, produced, and wrote everything on this record. The underbelly of the music is relatively sparse: electronic loops of percussion and accompaniment influenced by dub, soul, and reggae. The back-up is sparse for good reason, though, as it really only serves as a platform for Nhojj's choirs upon choirs of black gospel, all himself, all singing with a mastery of falsetto like that of Prince himself. The melodies are brilliant, the production is nuanced, but most of the accolades for this record are rightfully attributed to Nhojj's singing, consistently better than 700 angels. While most modern R&B singing is mindlessly acrobatic and ornate, Nhojj's delivery is based more on harmonies than on improvisational soloing. The vocals (from who knows how many takes) can swell, rise, build tension, and then can drop off to almost nothing. The man can sing. Nhojj's gospel roots that lift his record above most others.
Generation Q-WRSU 88.7 FM & WBAI 99.5 FM
You have a voice that can hit notes that only bats can hear. It's phenomenal. And on the song "More Love" I liked that there are all different kinds of love. There is the romantic aspect but there is also the spiritual dimension. Nhojj is a Poet!
After Hours, KPFT-90.1FM - Houston, Texas
I like Nhojj's work in both his writing and performing. I believe his writing comes from an intellectual mindset - one that is not afraid to lay his vulnerability out there for all to see (& hear). I look forward to future efforts from him.
3WBC 94.1 FM - Melbourne, Australia
This latest release by Nhojj is so different, yet vaguely familiar, that it almost defies categorisation. Touches of soul ebb and flow through the whole album whilst occasionally that light refreshing hint of reggae diverts your attention. The words are meaningful, the music is masterful, what more need one say?
Queer Radio Brisbane, Australia
Enlightenment and empowerment inherent in embracing the whole you.
released September 1, 2003
All Songs written, arranged & produced by Nhojj
Recorded at uni aum Studios
Mixed by Nhojj
Mastered by Discmakers
Photography by seân, Gerald & Jerry James
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