Kabaka Connects With Ghanaian AfroBeats Ambassador On A Damian Marley Production
Today MASS APPEAL premieres the official lyric video for “Borders,” a collaboration between Jamaica’s most accurate lyricist Kabaka Pyramid and StoneBwoy, the Ghanian artist whose style of AfroBeats shows a strong dancehall influence. Amidst ongoing battles over the expiration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the implementation of border walls, this song could not be more on time. “We are one human family and we haffi raise the awareness,” says Kabaka of the project. “When we pree the whole refugee situation and the debasement of people around the planet, especially Africa, the Middle East and thing.” The track was produced by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, who recently won a Grammy for his latest album Stony Hill, and who is executive producing Kabaka’s forthcoming album Kontraband. Peep the visuals, and then check our full interview with Kabaka. Video After The Jump…
Kabaka Pyramid speaks on “Borders” and the Kontraband Project
Hail the king. Accurate immaculate.
EVERYTHING GOOD MAN?
Yeah man me deh yah give thanks.
I JUST HAD A CHANCE TO CHECK OUT THE “BORDERS” LYRIC VIDEO.
NICE IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. VERY TIMELY SENTIMENTS. I’D LOVE TO HEAR, IN YOUR WORDS, THE MEDS BEHIND THAT SONG.
As you know we’re working on the album right now with Damian Marley. He is doing a lot of the production and the executive production on the project. He actually sent me the beat, and it’s funny because… he told me that he was expecting a nice love song on the beat. But when he heard the message in the song, obviously he loved it.
The whole meds behind it is just what we see when we pree the whole refugee situation and the debasement of people around the planet, especially Africa, the Middle East and thing. We just know that we are one human family and we haffi raise the awareness.
I wanted to collaborate with an African artist on the track and I actually reached out on a couple of my social media platforms and asked, which African artist would people want to see me collaborate with?
I heard a lotta names mentioned, but Stonebwoy’s name just kept coming up. Like it was probably the most mentioned name. I had a contact with him through Twitter and I spoke with him and he actually reached out to me for something on his album. So we did a song called “Suit and Tie” and then sent him this track and he told me he woulda love to be on it. Yeah, it just came to life from there.
LOVELY. I ACTUALLY WASN’T AWARE THAT YOU WERE WORKING ON AN ALBUM WITH JR. GONG. THE FIRST TIME YOU COLLABORATED WAS ON THE TRACK “WELL DONE,” CORRECT?
Yeah, for sure, for sure. That was the first one and the album discussions started around that time. So from then we’ve been looking at all the material I had that wasn’t released. And we kinda went from there and decided on what what kind of sound we’re thinking of on the album and what kind of vibe is needed. And Damian just worked on a bunch of beats, and some of them end up on the project, some of them we’re kinda reserving for something else maybe. We just took it from there.
And other producers within my circle as well—we released “Can’t Breathe,” which wasn’t produced by Damian but it was still a part of the album. That was done by Genis Nadal, a producer from Barcelona, I did about three songs on the album with him. And a bunch of other producers—I have a track produced by Protoje, one by Chronixx. It ah go be interesting. I’m looking forward and definitely getting excited now that we’re almost finished.
HOW SOON WILL THE WORLD GET TO HEAR THIS?
Well right now woulda love to drop it inna April. We’re looking at 4/20. That’s the ideal date we’d love to drop it. You know the album is called ‘Kontraband’ by the way. So the whole thing behind that is, you know when you think of “contraband” you think of illegal stuff—things that the powers that be don’t want in the hands of the people. Whether it’s firearms or drugs or things like that. So we’re kinda flipping it now and we’re saying that the positive message, the conscious message in the music, is what they don’t want you to have. So that is what we’re pushing on the people.
NO DOUBT, ESPECIALLY IN THE ERA OF TRUMP WE’RE FEELING THAT PRESSURE.
Exactly. That’s why I wanted to release “Borders” first, because we see it’s relevant right now in the whole vibes. Even within the slavery in Libya and with Trump disrespecting other nations and things like that.
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