3.1.19 “Crown” Album, Royal Reviews, & Sweet Jamaican Vibes
I cannot express the fullness of love and reciprocity I’ve Experienced of late. On this first day of March, in the Ethiopian year 2011, I have just returned from Jamaica. Whilst overseas, in the land of my ancestors, my 3rd studio album “crown” was released to overwhelmingly positive reviews. I got to link up with some of my spiritual family Members like Kabaka Pyramid, Winta James, Tydal kamau, Irie soulja. I connected with ones like D major, Kumar Fyah, & Jesse royal for the first time and got to sit in on a session with the legendary Clive hunt. From the very beginning, Spirit seemed to be in control of the itinerary.
Though my main purpose for forwarding to Jamaica was to promote “Crown” while finalizing my next album (in collaboration with Island life Records), it resulted in many unforeseen events. From the connections I made at the Ketus IFA Academy, (A yoruba spiritual retreat at UWI, Mona campus) to the many genuine conversations I had with brothers and sisters on the street about the “Irukere” horse tail that I walk with, the entire experience was enriching beyond words. While I was basking in the glow of these vibrations, many of reggae music’s top media houses were lining up to give their take on the “Crown” album and it seems to me that each of them were left satisfied. Meanwhile, I was in the streets with the big man “Stampede” who really played a major role in my movements across the Island from Half Way Tree to “Planters” hall.
I look forward to sharing more of this chapter of the movements in the future. for now, check out these reviews and definitely take in the “crown” album yourself via any digital music platform OR purchase a CD here on the website and I’ll have one shipped out anywhere across the globe.
Reggaeville “Crown” album Review: https://www.reggaeville.com/artist-details/king-mas/releases/mode/review/release/king-mas-crown/
jamworld876 “Crown” album Review: http://www.jamworld876.net/reviews/king-mas-crown-2019/
Kulcha shok “Crown” album Review: http://kulchashok.com/shok-wave-new-music-releases-2-25-19/
1.11.19 - The
Definition of a King: King MAS - Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King alongside a council of Kings
Since his previous release (Rasta Evolution) in 2016, King MAS has managed to snag a Grammy award for his songwriting capabilities and has consistently strung together hit after hit with a staggering number of releases (over 20 in 2018 alone!). Unsurprisingly, the King has earned a sterling reputation for his prowess as a composer and as a performer. Having graced stages in Costa Rica, Trinidad, and across the US since his previous project was released; the stage is set for the Musical Obia man to release another potent batch of musical medicine.
Definition of a King is the first release out of the Bantu Nation Movement record label in 2019. A counsel consisting of a group of Reggae music’s finest lyricists have gathered to discuss what healthy masculine leadership consists of in the 21st century. With powerful verses from Randy Valentine (UK), Jahdan Blakkamoor (Guyana), Hymphatic Thabs (Lesotho), & Kabaka Pyramid (Jamaica), this international collective represents 5 countries in 4 continents and the lyrical content reflects the wealth born out of the diversity of the Bantu diaspora across the globe. The release of this song coincides with the weekend of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King in honor of his sacrifice and the noble example of leadership that he represents. Look out for the upcoming “Crown” album that will feature this track plus a catalog of new hits from King MAS & his musical allies (Scheduled for release February 2019).
Royal musical legacies collide as King MAS meets K’reema inna dancehall style! 7.17.18
Download/Stream here: https://song.link/us/i/1410427597
As the summer heat reaches it peak, the dancehall vibe is in full swing! King MAS & K’reema, two of Reggae/Dancehall’s most promising young talents, have teamed up to bring forth a smooth tropical fusion vibe with a positive message for relationships built on truth. “No Lie” is a modern dancehall anthem.
While many have claimed the title of “King” of the dancehall over the years, any original dancehall lover knows that the original King of the dancehall is none other than King Yelllowman. With his dynamic lyrical approach to deejaying over the popular Reggae/Dancehall rhythms of his era, he electrified audiences the world over in his early years and continues to do so to this day. Thankfully, his legacy will not end with him as his daughter K’reema has been steadily building her resume as a force to be reckoned with as a multi-genre singer & songwriter.
Naturally, the daughter of the King caught the ear of another seed of Caribbean musical royalty by the name of King MAS (Son of former calypso monarch “Supreme”) who happened to come across her debut EP “Drop It” on Soundcloud. In the midst of producing his 3rd studio album, he received a pulsating yet soulful rhythm production delivered by 2 powerhouse producers in collaboration.
One of the 2 musical composers of “No Lie” is none other than his blood brother Martin “Mitymaose” Prospere who is known for multiple hits in the catalog of King MAS, several heavy-hitters with UK rap Icon Chip, and, most recently, a production credit on Drake’s album “Scorpion” for contributing to the track “March 14”. DJ Camper, who co-produced the track, has worked with many renowned artists including Jessie J, Chris Brown, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Brandy, & Trey Songz (to name a few).
King MAS, a Grammy-winning songwriter in his own right, approaches the rhythm with a breakdown of an intimate connection as it unfolds and sets the scene as he examines the qualities of his potential queen. K’reema represents the ladies with an honest assessment of her potential suitor while letting him know that she’s “the princess” and laying out her standards for any would be King as she asks “can you handle the throne”?
“No Lie” is the second release from the upcoming “Crown” album (executive produced by “Mitymaose”) that is scheduled to be released later this year and King MAS’s first release through 21st Hapilos distribution. Look out for more “musical Obeah” from the King in the weeks, months, and years to come.
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4.27.18 Jamaican Reggae: "Made in Costa Rica"
In these times when crime and violence run rampant in the streets of Kingston (JA) as well as Boston (USA) a duo of roots Reggae warriors have arisen to inspire the masses to walk with "Protection"
About a year ago, a fateful meeting took place in San Jose, Costa Rica. In commemoration of the very first official release from Southwood Recordsentitled "Made in Costa Rica", DJ Jeren & DJ Kendo brought in a squadron of gifted vocalists, songwriters, & musicians to support their flagship artist Mar Villareal as they prepared to release her debut album. Among the chosen few was Kingston (JA) based Tydal Kamau and Boston (USA) based King MAS of the Bantu Nation Movement.
From the stage to the studio the creative chemistry continued! As more and more reasoning took place amongst the collective the message became clear and the "musical Obeah man", with guitar in hand, began to chant a melody. Tydal quickly responded with his rapid fire delivery accompanied by the skillful pianist & producer Rekesh Dukaloo as the rest of the Southwood Records joined in the creative energy. Once the record was fully recorded, the masterful hands of Wadadah II of D.O.V.E. Muzik (Chicago) sealed up the heavy vibration with a potent element of Dub for emphasis.
Download this crucial collaboration which tackles one of the many social issues being faced around the world today. The ominous overtones are well balanced with positive lyrics and an uplifting message for roots Reggae lovers across the globe! Fulljoy these heartical vibrations featuring the voices of two Jamaicans but Made In Costa Rica.
4.6.18 Warriors from the east, chanting "to di east"
“To Di East Riddim”
King MAS, Kazayah, Jahriffe, Warrior King & Ras I-Dre
Release Date: April 6th, 2018
Format: EP / Riddim Compilation
Label: Jah-N-I Roots Movement & Bantu Nation Movement
Genre: Reggae, Roots-Reggae, Dub
Explicit Lyrics: No
Warrior King – Many Mansions Feat. Jahriffe
Kazayah – The Mission
King MAS – Can’t Draw We Out
Ras I-Dre – Sweet Reggae
Jahriffe – God Body
Wadadah II – Spiritual Ancestor Dub
Nearly a century ago, in the year 1920, the honorable Marcus Mosiah Garvey prophesied:
“Look to the East for the crowning of a Black King, he is the Redeemer for the days of deliverance are near.”
In the spirit of the great ancestor, an army of Roots Reggae soldiers have organized and centralized in a musical tribute to our forefathers (and mothers) who have paved the way for Rastafari culture and Afrikan liberation theology as I & I carry the torch into the new millennium.
The "To Di East" Riddim, available on all digital music platforms as of April 6th, is the brainchild of the Jah-N-I Roots Movement in collaboration with the Bantu Nation Movement. Both collectives operate out of Boston, Massachusetts with seasoned musicians, Jahriffe & King MAS respectively, as the spearheads of each production team. The musicians responsible for this instrumental, infused with a celestial tone and vibration, are one of Boston's top musical ensembles known as Circadian Riddims. Many recognize the potency of the "American Reggae" music coming out of Hawaii and California, but this heavy one-drop Reggae release will give you a reason to look "To Di East".
In the opening number, Jahriffe teams up with Jamaican Reggae veteran Warrior King. Drawing upon the often quoted biblical verse "in my father's house are many mansions," the warriors cry out for "tolerance" and unity in these times of division and strife amongst nations.
The dub heavy sound of the project is due to the masterful mix provided by the skilled hands of Wadadah II of the D.O.V.E. Muzik recording label out of Chicago, Illinois. Emerging from this powerful musical camp, founded by Tzaddi Wadadah I circa 1983, 2 vital messengers are featured on this project by the names Kazayah & Ras I-Dre.
Kazayah sets the tone early on with her "mission" statement urging one and all to put aside "petty prejudices" and "come together" with a tone and delivery both hypnotic and captivating.
Ras I-Dre, a young fierce lyricist from Jamaica, then invokes the entire pantheon of Roots Reggae legends (past and present) in a tune paying homage to all who have maintained the vitality and integrity of this "Sweet Reggae" music throughout the years featuring vocal harmonies from Kazayah.
As usual, King MAS reaches into the ancestral realm as the "musical Obia man" and highlights one of the founding fathers of the Ashanti kingdom by the name Okomfo Anokye. "Can't Draw We Out" brings light to the sword that Anokye drove into the ground during his time as an Ashanti high priest in the 17th century. Anokye stated that "if anyone removes the sword, that marks the end of the Ashanti kingdom." The legendary sword, which remains unmoved & can still be seen in Kumasi today, inspired this musical tribute expressing solidarity between the people of Ghana and the children of the bloodline carried into the diaspora.
Finally, Jahriffe reveals more musical Mdu Ntr as he encourages one and all to "be who you come to be" and recognize your own divinity. "God Body" is followed by the "Spiritual Ancestor" dub mix by Wadadah II which any Roots Reggae practitioner would do well to add to their collection. As we move through the vernal equinox, the light of the sun rising from the east has overtaken the darkness enveloping the planet during the winter months. Just like the ever increasing power of the sun, look out for more heat from these Reggae warriors and light bearers ‘trodding’ from the east and chanting "To Di East".
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3.3.18 King MAS featured on Natures way entertainment's "Reggae Hits Vol. 1"
Even though he enjoyed strong feedback to his Sweet Personality rhythm five years ago, producer Garfield Cowan believed he could improve on some of the songs featured on it. Those, and more, can be heard on Reggae Hits Vol 1, released last Friday by his Nature's Way Entertainment label.
There are new songs on the album including Free Up The Grades by King Mas and Jemere Morgan, and Mdees' I Can't Breathe. Boston-born King Mas is the son of Montserrat Calypsonian Supreme and his Jamaican wife, while Morgan is son of Morgan Heritage member Gramps.
According to Cowan, he has deliberately worked with mainly singers since the onset of Nature's Way.
“The reason is that I tend to see and hear the singers. Their songs are timeless and are loved by more reggae fans,” he said.
3.1.2018 King MAS pays homage to "MAma Africa" - The true holy land!
On the heels of February, "Black History Month" in the US, I can say without a doubt that this single "Holy Land" on Giddmani Records Civil Rights Riddim has been the most impactful single to be released so far this year! Check it out here on soundcloud and be sure to purchase the full release featuring big tunes from I-Wayne, Young Shanty, and the big/little man P.Giddi himself!
1.15.18 New year, new vision, new mission
Greetings one and all!
Welcome into another cycle. Another year gone by and here we are with a fresh calendar full of days within which we are blessed with the opportunity to shape and impact the universe around us as we see fit. I find myself in a reticent space as of late. Solstice vibes I suppose. Truly, much has been accomplished quietly in the past year. While I managed to convey many things visually with the help of Alex Fort & others, I have also been writing and recording for numerous artists & producers, composing a number of exciting collaborations, and finalizing my upcoming album to be announced shortly. Less talk, more action has been the flex.
In the personal realm, I've made it a point to be better about self-acceptance.
Many creatives get caught in that space between being meticulous and exacting in their approach to their craft and being overly self-critical. I find that, even outside of music, I've often looked at the challenges that I face in the pursuit of certain goals and judged myself harshly when I have come up short of my ideal outcome. Many philosophers have espoused the view that all suffering is a result of the inability to be present in the present moment without anxiously contemplating the future or ruminating about the past. Learning to embrace a reality that is sometimes out of alignment with ones desires and expectations is key. I've been walking in this truth more & more as of late and the benefits cannot be overstated.
The less energy that is directed towards negative feelings about what is, the more energy there is to devote to what shall be! If I have any resolution going forward it is, without a doubt, to continue to embody the ways of royalty. Poise, dignity, equanimity, and valor regardless of the circumstances are the principles I shall continue to embody.
Look out for more visuals, new sounds, and even some stage performances as time rolls along. I give thanks for all of the victories achieved (even the small ones) and those triumphs are what I & I shall build upon.
10.15.17 Ota Benga smile: the pygmy in the zoo and the confinement of human consciousness
Brand new single to be released October 27th on all digital platforms.
As shocking as it is to accept the fact that 20th century America (and much of the occidental world) hosted many exhibits showcasing non-white humans alongside animals, I find it even more shocking that the fact that this took place has been so successfully stricken from the memory of the global population in such a short space of time.
Non-European people were held captive and put on display for the amusement of white populations that were simultaneously titillated and horrified by the existence of the "savage" creatures of the "uncivilized" world all throughout the 20th century. In many ways, we are still held captive by the gaze of this society that our ancestors were dragged into. After 500 plus years of imperialism we've adapted in various ways and yet none of them seem to provide the liberation and inner peace we so desperately seek. We are judged at every turn by the societal characterization of "blackness" whether or not we choose to relate to the caricature drawn up for us. One can fall under the category of the "barbaric" thug or the "noble savage". One can adopt a rebellious, stoic posture and "refuse to dance", so to speak, or plaster a false, chipper veneer to "shuck and jive" their way through society by playing into their expected role. Either way, many of us find ourselves operating as actors in a theatre designed to reduce us to the same old archetypes that the minstrel show has demanded to bolster the system of white supremacy since it's inception.
Some have been convinced not to embrace their ancestral ways or associate with cultural practices that are common amongst people of their blood-circle due to the fear of being associated with the "savage" archetype they've worked so hard to disassociate themselves from. However, the vacuum left behind by these abandoned ancestral traditions and cultural expressions has resulted in the rapid decay of communal bonds and a sense of nihilistic apathy among the rising generation. Our unique cultural identity that gave us a sense of meaning have been cast off by some and thrown on as a "costume" by others who have not been subjected to the historical suffering that spawned the cultural markers they've appropriated. This commercialization of identity coupled with the ever expanding "hive mind" being broadcast via the internet has undermined the relevance of connection to a cultural past in the minds of many.
Ota Benga's story reminds us all of the perilous condition of the human spirit when it is forced to perform in a manner that empowers and enriches the very system that confines it. As an entertainer his experience hits particularly close to home. In this age of online avatars and shameless self-promotion, how many of us are willingly reducing ourselves to lesser archetypes in order to appease the society around us? The key thing to remember is that we now have a say in the matter. Ota Benga did not.
9.22.17 New Single #Lifewithoutregret
A musical meditation rooted in my approach to living as an epilepsy survivor. Coming to grips with death as a child makes life all the more meaningful. Western culture shies away from dealing with mortality while our ancestral culture keeps the awareness of the unseen realm central to daily life and spiritual practice. I pay homage to the ancestors in all that I do as I also strive to be a great ancestor to the generations that are to come.
8.27.17 stage, studio, and sacrifice
It's been an interesting month or so but I'll do my best to be brief and to the point. A lot of happenings have been taking place in the cosmos from the recent solar Eclipse (dubbed the "Nat Turner" blackout) to the uptick in activity in the personal and professional lives of many as these summer months draw to a close. I had been looking forward to linking up with Kabaka Pyramid once more, as I seem to do every summer, at Surfside in Salisbury, MA (Check out his "Can't Breathe" video and look out for the "Contraband" album. I know I am.).
Another magical moment on stage was chiseled into stone a week ago and it was a joy to link up with Omega sound in the process. The greatest part of the event was stepping out with my own band for the first time for an hour long set on my home turf. Months of preparation and sacrifice went into creating a show that would captivate and nice up the audience and we managed to do so with relative ease. I give thanks to Ingenious Concepts for opening the road for us to make a statement and I am glad that we managed to do so emphatically in spite of certain things not going according to plan!
As far as studio work, I've been catching up after a brief hiatus. It's amazing how much work can pile up if you ease up for even a moment. Most recently, I voiced a nice digi dancehall tune for LTL records to be featured on the upcoming "Digital Salute" Riddim reload that will be thumping through your speakers soon. The focus now is on the upcoming "Crown" album that I plan to release in early 2018 under the Bantu Nation Movement banner.
Keep your eyes sharp and you ears clear and in gear. A lot of vibrations are being generated behind the scenes and more ancestral vibes are coming forward very very soon. The sacrifice has been made and they shall not be in vain. Aboru Aboye Abosise!
7.19.17 Rewind and Bring Forward: Refreshed and Inspired, King Mas Touts Big Time Hits and Collabs
We are well into the summer months and King Mas is certainly packing heat, celebrating major milestones while setting his sights on brand new releases. His international trek across the Caribbean and Latin America have set wheels in motion for big time hits and collaborations to come. From Linstead to Limon, King Mas is making amazing movements through his exceptional musical talent.
the king is on fire
Before we rewind, let’s talk about the blazing fire of a video for “Walk Like A Champion”. On July 15th, the long awaited release was debuted to an international audience, hungry for the visual aesthetics to match the stirring lyrics inspired by dancehall legend Buju Banton. Although the wait was long, the video’s release was sentimental in nature as July 15th marked Buju Banton’s 44th year on this earth. For your viewing pleasure, the brand new video can be found on the King’s YouTube channel.
BILLBOARD CHART HIT!
Now let’s step back to April 2017, a month that proved to be a momentous time for King Mas as he celebrated his own earth strong of 30 years. They say age is nothing but a number, but for this artist year 30 reaped incredible accolades for his creative genius and hard work. The Ganja Bizness Riddim, featuring “Big Ganja Business” by King Mas, peaked at the number 15 slot on the internationally renowned Billboard Reggae chart. No stranger to the Silly Walks Discotheque sound, King Mas’ “Big Banking” track also sent shockwaves through the reggae community with its release on the Onward Riddim.
PREDESTINED MUSICAL ALLIANCES!
The collaborations don’t end there! Stops in Jamaica and Costa Rica cultivated mind-blowing alliances for fresh music to be released later in 2017. A sobering trip to Jamaica laid the groundwork for brilliant partnerships on the grounds of “Culture Yard” in Trenchtown—a sacred spot where greats like Bob Marley found their calling. Stay on the lookout for new music from King Mas and musical bredren Torch and Brian Art.
Heading south of the border, King Mas slid into the Latin nation of Costa Rica where Jamaican influence offers an incredible fusion of music. Linking with distinguished producer Rekesh Dukaloo, King Mas created melodic magic along with various artists and musicians during his stay. This is not to mention his earth shattering performance at the famed Hard Rock Café in San Jose, where fans and peers hailed his electrifying stage presence.
King Mas returns stateside with more fire and zeal than ever, assembling a brand new band that is sure to propel any live performance into overdrive. Don’t worry though; you won’t have to wait long to witness this greatness! Mark your calendars for Sunday, August 20th when King Mas and Kabaka Pyramid take the stage again for a night to remember at Surfside in Salisbury, MA. Peace and blessings from the King and his team until we meet again…
7.15.17 King MAS - walk like a champion (remix) feat. anto neosoul (official video) Release
Blessed 44th earthstrong to the legendary icon the great Buju Banton who inspire this yah generation to #WalkLikeAChampion from Kenya to Boston!
7.14.17 #WalkLIKEACHAMPION - Baba Buju banton's legacy
It was the winter of 1994 in Boston and, little did I know, my consciousness was about to be permanently altered.
As the leaves gradually changed their hue from green to gold, orange, red, and many shades in between, my sister, my brother & I would often spend our evenings in our living room under the watchful eye of "Ms. Darrell" (our Guyanese nanny) while our parents were out and about. Once our homework was completed and we had finished our evening meal, we would gather in front of the television and choose one of a small rotation of VHS tapes we would cycle through throughout the week for our entertainment. One of the tapes that often won out (after much deliberation lol) was the Jamaican Independence day festival telecast of '94 that had been sent up from "Yard" by our uncle Claude (affectionately known as "uncle Wardie")
The dance, pageantry, spoken word, and theater contained within that telecast were a gateway to a culture we had only experienced through our elders in the diaspora (although we had traveled as a family to Montserrat the previous year). The color, the vibrancy, and the essence of the spirit of our Jamaican motherland captivated my siblings and I as we absorbed and delighted in every aspect of the spectacle our uncle had bestowed upon us. We rehearsed almost daily until we could each mimic the dynamic movements, the lilting phraseology, and the raggamuffin energy of our favorite performers to a T. In the midst of our evening rituals of practicing everything from the quadrille to the latest dancehall steps that were on full display, there was a voice that pierced the air in a way that shook something inside of me. I had no idea whose voice it was and it would be years before I would find out who combined such a jarring tone with such intricate lyrics and wordsound.
That voice was none other than the voice of the Gargamel.
From the very first time I heard him chant "Mine Behind The Wine" straight through to the classic "Til' Shiloh" album, my worldview (and my consciousness) unfolded in tandem with the artist who was, at that time, considered the voice of Jamaica. Even in the age of Shabba, his mentor, his gritty vocal combined with his writing style stood apart from the rest. Fast forward to 2007 as I shared the stage with one of my icons early in my career.
I met Buju backstage at club Amazura in Queens, NY. From one Ras to the next the reasoning consisted of brief pearls of wisdom and inspiration to I (a 19 year old, chubby, baby-faced youth dipping his foot into the pool of Reggae music) before the placid sage took over the the turntables and the microphone simultaneously and transformed into the dancehall deity that he has always been. The only artist I've ever seen SINGLE-HANDEDLY turn over a venue as selector and artiste! Admittedly, I haven't experienced many such events but it was a sight to behold still.
As I prepare to launch the video for the "Walk Like A Champion" Remix featuring Anto NeoSoul (an international collaboration produced all the way in Kenya) I give homage to the great "Mark Anthony Myrie", sun of the mighty Maroons of Jamaica, on the eve of his 44th earthstrong. His impact on global pop culture as well as his legacy within the Afrikan diaspora truly defines an era. In spite of the fight that this great musical warrior has received, this generation shall soldier on in defense of our culture, our principals, and our values guided by the lessons to be gleaned from the duality of his path. Circumstances surely make us what we are, but I #WalkLikeAChampion today with a heart full of "African Pride" because of the works that the Banton has put in over the years. With that I must say, as his inevitable release draws nearer and nearer (to the delight of all who love and respect his great icon)...
someone buss this in the party 7.6.17
Whenever I get to collab with my my blood it's magical. The ancestors represented in the blood circle are amplified whenever our powers combine!
To have watched my brother Mitymaose evolve through all of these stages as a producer, songwriter, & performer is amazing. To still be a part of the process is divine.
Check out his latest single "Girl You Know" featuring yours truly
Follow @mitybeats for more sounds like these and look out for more vibes coming forward for the summer.
Dwelling in Orun: When the shadows become the light 7.1.17
Moving past the recent summer solstice, the stubborn atmosphere of New England has finally given way to the warm and humid ambiance that typifies the onset of summer here in Boston. Though slow in coming, the effects are visible and palpable in a way that seems sudden and immediate. The streets are alive once more with sisters in short shorts, music permeating the concrete village, and the resumption of that yearly phase when a lot of people emerge from the solace that comes along with the dark, frosty days and nights that separate ones and ones. Yes and still, I have found it necessary to deeper into the shadows. It is only therein that the substance of inner strength, peace, and vitality can truly be mined and refined in order for it to be channeled into works that are worthy of the word "divine".
Change is a dual process of becoming and no longer being. Simultaneously beginning anew and ending. While going through a phase of renewal there are some changes that pierce our senses like the thunder that strikes in the midst of the seasonally appropriate rains. Other, more subtle shifts tend to fly beneath the radar. I am grateful for the distance from the public eye that allows time & space for renewal and regeneration. To be creative is to constantly tear out the very flesh and bone one is comprised of and fashion it into something that possesses a nucleus that is defined by timeless, universal truth. The incentives certainly exist for ones to continually tap into their reserves of vital energy both for the purposes of day to day material survival and also born out of the deep desire to truly feel and be felt through the arts & sciences that we practice.
The problems begin when we neglect to allow the necessary "gestation period" to elapse before we forge ahead and attempt to manifest works that do not emanate from a place of purpose or passion, but out of a desire to be "seen". The current paradigm in society is one that encourages ones to court and seek "attention" at all costs. Perhaps it's always been this way to some extent. However, I do sense that this particular time period will be remembered as one where we transitioned into a social value system that has shifted it's focus to the garnering of "social proof" in a way that is unprecedented. The pressures are great to rise to prominence whether by a stroke of genius or the manufacturing of scandal. Any sort of attention will do and even a brief departure from the arena of the attention economy threatens to make one "yesterdays news". What is often overlooked is that yesterday's news can very quickly become today's hot topic. The old, that which seems dead, fertilizes all that is to come.
I've been silent for awhile. I made a decision recently to go silent on all social media platforms for a brief period. As I prepare to reemerge from the shadow realm ("Mpemba" in Bantu spiritual tradition) I am moving with a renewed clarity and a sense of purpose that can only be achieved by moving through dark, unfamiliar spaces. The solstice is the moment of penetrating the surface when the bounty of your experience in the shadows can be weighed and tallied.
DON'T RUN FROM YOUR DARKNESS. EMBRACE it and TRANSMUTE it because out of the darkness comes the light.
King Mas sets high bar, making tremendous moves for 2017
BOSTON, MA, April 1st, 2016- We’re only four months into the year and King Mas has certainly created a blazing trail in the reggae diaspora for 2017. Making his mark on a variety of platforms, the Musical Obeah Man is truly stirring up souls with his striking voice and reverberant messages. From the shores of San Francisco to the West African coast, King Mas is shattering the glass ceiling of spiritual stigmas and preconceived stereotypes through his music.
2017 kicked off with an effervescent bang heard across the world as King Mas teamed up with Longbelly Entertainment for the Ancestral Voices project. This riveting documentary has sent shockwaves through the African diaspora, unveiling the hidden truths of unfiltered African spirituality. “Our Story”, released on the House of Souls EP, is featured on the second installment of the documentary entitled, “Spirit is Eternal”. Keep a close eye on this long awaited launch for summer of 2017.
In more recent news, Mas the Ras has lent his finely tuned vocals to yet another Royal Order Music production uniquely named the What to Do Riddim. Released in the early weeks of March, “Suga An Wata” skipped into the spring season with an easy-going vibe befitting for all lovers rock admirers. Sharing the riddim stage with quite a few big names, King Mas still stands out amongst the rest with his matchless vocal tone and impeccable songwriting.
The hit making releases don’t stop there! The Ganja Bizness Riddim, slated for release on April 14th, is stirring up quite a frenzy ahead of its launch date. Using timeless one-drop percussion, this Selecta 7 Sound production is a timely piece of musical mastery. King Mas’ feature track, “Big Ganja Business”, offers a back door perspective into the true intentions of recent marijuana legislation. A deviant approach to his colleagues, King Mas conveys a politically motivated message through fact-based lyrics and comedic word play.
As the year progresses, it seems that King Mas shows no signs of easing up on his exemplary work. International show dates and brand new tracks are definitely in the works, so keep your eyes peeled and minds open to whatever may come down the pike from the Musical Obeah Man.
- Ashley Lindsey
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Current Medicine: Courage
As this is my first post on this new website so I must say akwaaba (welcome) to one and all. The past few days have been very very active and I anticipate that the upcoming days shall only intensify in terms of activity as more and more musical seeds that have been planted bloom and flourish.
"Suga An Wata" from the upcoming "What To Do" riddim (produced by Royal Order Music) has been making major waves so far and "Da Da Da" the first taste of the upcoming "Crown" project was also very very well received. My brother Mitymaose is a genius. Check his available production catalog here.
Releasing two tunes that are so very divergent in style is a risky thing. Not everyone will embrace it when an artist the admire decides to expose a different part of their musical repertoire. It can be jarring for some and simply off-putting for others.
We each take risks every time we choose to expose a part of ourselves without knowing how it will be received. Our outer head often masks the inner head in such a way that disharmony is experienced due to our fear of being "exposed" and potentially rejected. The healing is the realization that there is nothing to be rejected from and that as long as one is living in alignment with higher principles and divine order the judgments of mankind are of little significance. We all care what others think to some extent, but never allow oneself to be constricted. Remain fluid and let all roads remain open along your journey as a finite manifestation of the infinite.
The mortar doesn't fear the pestle,
The homeowner doesn't fear the doorway,
Claim dominion over fear,
Let It Be So
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