Roots reggae laden with conscious lyrics, was the toast of the recent performance in Nairobi - headlined by Jamaican artiste Desbert Johnson aka Chezidek. The gig dubbed Inna Di Road Reggae Concert staged at the Sarakasi Dome, drew a sizeable audience dominated by roots enthusiasts who jammed along to uplifting music.

Chezidek's songs are akin to a fresh breeze, blowing against a relentless tidal wave of riddims growing popularity in club circles. The dreadlocked artiste's brand of music, which is increasingly under siege from the dancehall brigade - appeals to the roots reggae aficionados.

One only needs to sample artiste's conscious song titles, to grasp the depth of a composer and lyricist firmly grounded in the old school reggae mold.

Some of Chezidek's not-so-popular tracks locally range from Leave the Trees, Herbalist [twin-anthems owing to subtle yet bold lyrical advocacy for herb] to I Grade, Dem A Fight We, All My Life, Mash Dem Down, No Fear, Are You With It, Far I and Call Pon Dem.

The artsite's more spiritual songs include Words of Righteousness, Powers of the Lion, Shall Not Be Moved, Nothing Good in Them, Firm Yourself Up, Freedom Fighters, Judgement Time, Rising Sun, Inna Di Road, All in the Game, Easy To Love and his latest single Rasta Journey.

Chezidek has been described severally as a 'rootical prophet', ranked on the same pedestal alongside his peers Luciano, Bushman, Butch and Jah Cure.

Their repertoire is a cross-breed hinged between conveying thought-provoking lyrics while ensuring instrumental arrangements are laid down with a contemporary panache.

During the live concert, Chezidek was backed by local talent, the 5-piece city-based Zion Eye band. It is comprised of sessionists Muriuki [alto sax], Tony [keyboards], Malachi [acoustic guitarist], Isaac [bassist], Pascal [drums] and Lavoste [backing vocals].

The homegrown outfit delivery was above par. For close to two hours, the band kept pace with Chezidek's soothing and soulful lyrics, serenading roots reggae rockers on the dance-floor.

Most of the songs performed at the concert are culled off the artiste's most recent album aptly titled Order of Melchezidek.