Kaya Street – ‘Rise Up’
REBEL REGGAE PRODUCER KAYA STREET UNVEIL’S DEBUT EP “DARK|LIGHT 2020”
EP – DARK|LIGHT 2020 – OUT NOW
As featured on BBC RADIO 6 – DON LETTS CULTURE CLASH RADIO SHOW!!!!
“Kaya” meaning “pure, home, resting place, the healer”.
Kaya Street is the creation of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Bristol based producer Kaya.
Dark, uplifting and atmospheric, the Kaya Street sound blends between dub reggae and afrobeat and deals with socially conscious themes in a time of rising nationalism and environmental crisis.
Bristol-based rebel producer Kaya Street is taking his atmospheric blend of dub reggae/world fusion to create his debut EP Dark|Light 2020.
A dark, bass driven ride through the apocalyptic events of 2020, Dark|Light 2020 is a sharp account of current global affairs and a passionate rebuke to rising global nationalism and regressive forces.
Made remotely during lockdown, Dark|Light 2020 features musicians and singers from across the world: Nigeria, Argentina, America, Germany, Canada, Cuba, Jamaica, Spain, France, Poland and the UK. The songs deal with themes of political protests, climate change, surveillance capitalism, state terrorism, culture wars, toxic vanity, media manipulation, progressive internationalism and pandemic exposed worldwide inequalities. After a chance online meeting the album was Mixed and Mastered by legendary Canadian reggae producer, DUBMATIX, and features prolific French Horn section Booom Hornz, featuring Tribuman, and vocals from rising Nigerian star Churemi .
Soaking up real world events from the confines of a disorientating new lockdown existence in the UK, the EP’s creation was an artistic act of global solidarity in the new world, pandemic era. Through focusing the subject matter to world events and establishing personal connections with musicians in other countries, the creative process looked to mirror the passionate advocacy for internationalism and inter-communalism embedded within the songs.
The EP consists of three tracks. “Fire in the Street”, comments on the global unrest and worldwide outrage that came to define people power in 2020. “Lockdown”, shouts out to the sinister practices of political data mining in the digital era. It spins the lockdown concept on its head by asking if we are ever really “free”? “Rise Up”, provides a rallying call to those who feel lost and disheartened by the global emergencies of our time. Each one is packed with baseline punch and politically charged lyrics for a soundtrack adventure into Dark|Light 2020.
Beginning as a 10 piece brass band, the constantly evolving Kaya Street project has had many accomplishments headling numerous festivals around the South West, UK. Highlights include 2018’s St Paul’s 50th Carnival, Boardmasters, Kaya Festival, One Love, and supporting artist such as The Specials, The Abyssinians, and Julian Marley.
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/album/
Fire in the Street Official Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=dK06M03nbC0
Lockdown Official Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=wSS2KHp8GSw
Rise Up Official Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=FGKB2VHXxtQ