Last year California producer Josh Harris worked with guitarist, Dave Saxon (USA) and fellow producer Umberto Echo (Germany), to create a catchy reggae-ska beat. After carefully contemplating the melody, he then reached out to long-time reggae singer Cornell Campbell – known for his trademark falsetto voice and his recordings at Studio One in the late 60s – to lay some vocals.
Campbell penned, and eventually recorded some very inspirational words, with an undeniable spiritual undertone. Once he was done, the song would head back to Novato, California where Josh Harris would add backing vocals and get the final mix and mastering done.
The finished product is “Breakdown Any Walls”! A record created to inspire people to look beyond their current realities, with a vision of hope for the future.
Rocky Dawuni, Ghana’s GRAMMY nominated musician, songwriter, producer and activistjust released a brand-new video for his track “Beautiful People” from his new EP “Voice of Bunbon, Vol. 1” (pronounced “boon-bon”) which explores the diversity of Rocky’s signature “Afro Roots” sound fusing modern and traditional musical trends in Ghana and across the continent. The EP is a diverse sonic experience with songs ranging from acoustic to beat driven anthems to cultural explorations utilizing aspects of Afrobeats, Highlife, Reggae, Soul, Pop and traditional African music.
The inspirational words to the songs focus on love, resilience, faith, joy and hope. Running through the EP is a theme of empowerment, urging the listeners to think critically on current issues. In line with the album’s theme of highlighting indigenous culture, Rocky launched the EP with Uborr Wumbe Dawuni, Chief of Bunbon, Northern Ghana in December 2020 in conjunction with their annual Linujil (harvest) festival.
Rocky utilized this opportunity to shoot a new video with director / cinematographer Slingshot with co-producing help from Elorm Beenie and producer / photographer Cary Sullivan for the super upbeat track “Beautiful People” during the launch celebration to showcase the beauty of the North and its people. “The video is intended to showcase indigenous ways and traditional culture in a time when our world needs reconnection with an identity that anchors us in our real nature. This is also a statement to focus on solutions that are nature based and magnifies the opportunity for life to keep thriving on our planet.” Slingshot also shot Rocky’s super vibey “Wickedest Sound” video featuring Ghanaian dancehall star, Stonebwoy.
“Beautiful People was conceived as a meditation on beauty that lies in every aspect of our daily existence and hidden in the subtleties of our everyday experience. It explores how a deep sense of appreciation and gratitude can shift our gaze to recognizing our personal and communal power. The song celebrates the sacrifices that have to be made to manifest our hopes and dreams. If those intentions are driven by a mission of service for the communal good, it will ultimately create ripples of positive energy that could resonate through generations” Dawuni added.
Of late sing-jay Bugle has been all about making money, praising God and living good; and he is making that clear on his new single “Brighter Days.” the record, produced by Sponge Music, comes with an official video which shows the artist doing all the aforementioned.
On Saturday, March 6th, emerging artist Shava will do a live show on Jamaica’s Hype TV at 10 AM (local time). She will be joined by reggae legend, Admiral Tibet, who is expected to do a full set. The event, which is sponsored by Rum-Bar Rum, will be broadcast from Big Yard.
Earlier today – Friday, March 5th – Big Sean uploaded the official video for “Deep Reverence,” a track featured on his latest album, “Detroit 2.” The visuals are getting a lot of attention, particularly because the song features Nipsey Hussle – a beloved rapper, activist, and entrepreneur who passed away in 2019.
Jamaica’s dancehall king, Beenie Man, is now giving us a taste of what we can expect on his highly anticipated upcoming album, “Simma.” Earlier today, March 5th, he shared the project’s lead single. The track, titled “Fun In The Sun,” is a positive, upbeat collaboration done with Popcaan and Dre Island.
If you missed Jazmine Sullivan‘s Tiny Desk Home Concert, you can check out the amazing acoustic performance of “Girl Like Me,” done with H.E.R. The song is featured on the new album Heaux Tales, released in January.