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Della Manley: Ashes on the Window Sill

Della Manley

Della Manley: Ashes on the Windowsill

Della's lyrics occupy that territory that hovers between protest and irony. The imagery is evocative, and the mood nostalgic, as if lamenting a lost world of hope and truth, her voice has the smoky resonance of a natural vehicle for the message... her strength lies ultimately in her sense of truth; her refusal to sell illusions. The message is as haunting as the voice.- Michael Manley

"This is an exquisite record...people spend millions....and can't make a record half as good" - Timothy White, Editor, Billboard Magazine


Riverside's Manley Finds Fans For Jamaican Folk more... - Billboard, March 21, 1998

Folk-rock star rises in Jamaica more... Sun-Sentinel, Tuesday, April 21, 1998

A Thousand Fireflies more... - Caribbean Beat, September/October 1998

The Tracks

    1. City Lights
    2. The Garden
    3. Te Amare
    4. Little Children
    5. Bittersweet
    6. Angel
    7. The Dream
    8. Ashes on the Window Sill
    9. Ribbons
    10. City Lights (reprise)
    11. Wish you would

The Players

    Monty Alexander - Keyboards
    Ray Hitchins - Guitars
    Cat Coore - Cello
    Mikey Fletcher - Fretless Bass
    Peter Couch - Keyboards
    Jimmy Peart - Keyboards
    Peter Ashbourne - Violin
    Rosina Moder - Tenor Recorder

More Info

Released by Riverside Music (in Jamaica only) January 1998.

Label: Riverside Music
Studio: Riverside Music
Producer: Ray Hitchins

Officially launched on March 17th in a live radio concert on Dermot Hussey's Global Beat programme on Radio Jamaica

Billboard Magazine featured Della in "Artists & Music", with an article written by Elena Oumano, in the March 21st, 98 issue

"Ashes on the Windowsill" was in the Jamaican top 10 Album Charts by the end of March, where it remained for 32 consecutive weeks.

Featured act at the All that Heritage and Jazz festival in Montego Bay (October 18th , 98).

Opened for Roberta Flack and Earl Klugh at the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues festival in Ocho Rios (November 6th , 98)

Jamaica Federation of Musicians Award - Excellence in 1998 (Contemporary).