Gato Negro (Emmanuel Okoronta) offers more of his bass and beat-heavy reggae in the form of Vital Force Dub, his fourth domestic release. Okoronta emigrated from his Nigerian Ibo tribal village to sunny California in the early '90s, and soon found himself on the forefront of the current reggae/dub scene. A multi-instrumentalist, Okoronta plays all the instruments on Vital Force Dub, including instruments from all over the world, such as the osha, ichaka, ekpiri, ogele, okwa, tambourines, bongos, and finger cymbals. He also wrote and produced the entire album, and creates a slight psychedelic vibe at times. Reggae enthusiasts will be delighted by such strong tracks as "Muntu Dub," "Marbrakesque (Reedim of de Ark)," "Nnana Dub," and "Sense-tion Dub." By letting his world music influence seep in, Gato Negro offers a unique spin on the reggae form with Vital Force Dub.
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato