The AFIYA Riddim is a smoking Roots Reggae Riddim pack fresh from the studios of East African Records, Uganda.
AFIYA was crafted by producer Amani Greene for Ghanaian singer Koojo The Artist, who rides this skanking Reggae beat for the steamy maidens of Kampala. Amani himself jumps on for a verse of Swahili-English lyrics, straight from his native Tanzania.
CAIN & ABEL is a Roots cut in English and Luganda of literally Biblical proportions. Zaabu brings a Rastafarian Old Testament fire & brimstone prophecy vibe to the sexy pulse of the original. It’s a Reggae Bar 4am classic, brimming over with fragrant smoke and righteousness.
LIFE LESSONS is an emotional, bittersweet Reggae-Dancehall anthem, straight from the heart of a young woman whose career was nearly destroyed by hoods in the industry. Riding the heavy, dubwise riddim with seasoned maturity, LIFE LESSONS belies Kvan’s young age both lyrically and performatively, marking her out as a serious and truly original talent, however painful the scars.
OPPRESSOR MAN is a political take on the massive AFIYA riddim. Written in the context of extreme police brutality in his native Uganda, Blessed calls for peace and calm amid the chaos. With Blessed San’s characteristic crystal clear delivery and double-meaning wordplay and Keya Nemesis’ lilting vocals on the ear-worm intro and outro sequences, this is an underground anthem from Uganda for the world out there.