And it keeps getting better. AFRO REBEL MUSIC has finally cemented its relationship with brand Saint Evo in the release of the musical works KAU & THE STRUM on its Traxsource platform.
In a world where people seldom sing about unadulterated love, let alone wear their hearts on their sleeves, Kwame has decided to swim against the current and give voice to this enfeebling emotion. His vibrato is the stuff of legends, and his music a breath of fresh air. He calls his music Urban Folk, a mélange of styles ranging from Rhumba & Afro-soul, to Ethiopian Gurage peppered with Akorino mellismas paying tribute to his heritage.
Although his music is laced with Kiswahili, he has a vibrant fondness for his mother tongue Gikuyu, which empowers him to fluently express the matters that tug at his heartstrings. According to Kwame, love is a consuming fire that sets souls ablaze. This love theme is what Kwame brings to the song KAU that reiterates the need for aversion to violence and gravitation towards amorous discourses of existence and life.
The guitar-based virtuoso, Hybrid Actuary has etched a niche for himself within progressive guitar. He began as a member of the fresh out garage-band, Dove Slimme, where his guitar solos on “The Anthem”, “Leo and Leo” and “Identity” garnered national acclaim.
He is also an accomplished guitarist having been featured on the popular counter culture website AFROPUNK, where he was mentioned as,
“The …virtuoso nodding to metal legends like Kirk Hammett and Joe Satriani with odd bits of Van Halen effects-laden tapping thrown in for good measure. On tracks like ‘Love and Anxiety’, and the triumphant leads of ‘Woolly Mammoth’, Hybrid Actuary showcases his strong fretwork. Some songs like the appropriately titled ‘Random guitar solo’ are sketches in search of a vocalist, but even his rough outlines showcase a fresh talent worth watching. Check this out if you’re a fan of instrumental guitar heroics.”
“The Strum”, is a product of a unison between two inventive souls. It is where two detached genres merge into one, where the Afro-Punk seduces the Afro-Beat and sends the latter on a prancing spree. It is where the Hybrid breeds a new music feel…one that is virtually tactile!
Click on the link below to have a listen to the previews and purchase the EP. Enjoy!