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Brina sings in Swahili

Brina sings in Swahili

Brina sings in Swahili

By Angus Taylor on Friday, September 26, 2014 - Comment

Africa and Jamaica are one on her new EP

Powerful voiced Jamaican singer Brina has released her new EP Reggae Sauti Za Kiswahili‏.

It’s a collection of reggae songs sung entirely in Swahili. Following radio play in Africa they have been issued worldwide.

The five track EP comprises four vocals and one dub. Two inclusions, Lala Vizuri and Naimba Real Reggae Music, are full-Swahili versions of compositions from Brina’s 2012 debut album, Under One Sun.

BrinaOver organic rhythms, whose wah-wah guitar recalls vintage Peter Tosh, Brina delivers her messages in a similarly commanding tone to South Africa’s Miriam Makeba and Benin’s Angelique Kidjo.

Swahili is the largest non-European pan-African language, a Reggae Swahili EP by a Jamaican singer has never been done before, and Brina’s songs in Swahili are currently winning fans in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), and is now available throughout the world” says a press release from Brina and her husband Kieran Murray’s Tribal Global Records.

Brina adds “It’s important to transcend language barriers, musical borders, and make music for the people of Africa, for that is where a portion of my heart dwells. I see myself as the successor of my ancestors and, through my music, pay homage to them with every note I sing. Even though I was born in Jamaica, I needed no serious convincing from anyone that I am African.”

Reggae Sauti Za Kiswahili is purchasable now from major download platforms. 

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