Monday, 2 May 2016

ON THE RADAR: Raging Fyah’s third album on the way + Estelle likens Konshens to a ‘verse god’

Judgement Day (2011) and 2014’s Destiny, a pair of critically praised albums, put the music world on notice that Raging Fyah has that revolutionary spirit that evokes the late Peter Tosh and Third World. Now, the roots-reggae rockers are stepping up the pace with Everlasting, their third effort, due out May 27 via Dub Rockers. For the five-member band – Kumar Bent (lead singer), Courtland White (guitarist), Anthony Watson (drummer), Demar Gayle (keyboardist) and Pele Hamilton – their new music carries deep meditation on the island’s enduring roots-reggae consciousness with an explosive vision and fresh, contemporary flavour. “Musically, we kept our roots but went beyond them,” Gayle explains. Inspired collaborations bring an added dimension to the record. Among the highlights: “Live Your Life,’ which features California-based artistes J-Boog and “Would You Love Me?” and “Humble” – which both feature guest verses from Busy Signal.

Grammy-winning songbird Estelle, who is of Senegalese and Grenadian heritage, keeps a true global outlook when it comes to her musical playlist. And that includes keeping her finger on the pulse of the reggae and dancehall scene. Having already collaborate with Sean Paul (“Come Over”) and graced the stage at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW), the talented Brit has long secured her Jamaican pass card. Riffing on some of her favourite contemporary artistes in Essence magazine’s May 2016 issue, Estelle singles out dancehall hotshot Konshens, praising his lyrical brilliance, signature style and crossover potential. “He’s like the verse god, just brilliant. He has the same space that Sean Paul had before he blew up everywhere; that capacity to be an international star,” she tells the magazine. “Konshens gives you that dance energy; his voice is hype. When I look at all the reggae greats they have a very distinctive style, and he has that down.”

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