Today marks the 84th anniversary of the Coronation of Haile Selassie. And in celebration of his crowning Jah9 offers a free download of her brand new single Revolution Lullaby. This track shows a brighter side of Jah9 and will be available for free for 24 hours over at Souncloud.
Revolution Lullaby is by its producer Bregt Puraman – of Lost Ark Music and Pura Vida – described as nyabinghi meets jazz on dub. For the track Jah9 has also invited her musical director Sheldon “Atiiba” Bernard to play flute.
“It has now been fully established that I am a militant artist through the subject matter and reverence of my live presentation, so it is now an appropriate time to balance with a nurturing, more playful side,” says Jah9.
“I was immediately touched by her voice and the music. Jah9 is a star on the rise in reggae and I knew it right away. Give thanks to Jah9 for this amazing project,” says Bregt Puraman, and continues:
“The inspiration for this riddim at night when I got a message from Jah9. She was traveling from gig to gig late at night and I called it On Jah Road riddim, and it was the first riddim I sent to her. I immediately knew I wanted to make a nyabinghi riddim because of the strong spiritual vibes in her music and I knew it was going to work,” he says, and concludes:
“I really like this tune because it’s a woman with an angelic voice on nyabinghi, and most of the times nyabinghi is sung by men. Omega power makes it very unique.”
Earlier this year Jah9 dropped her militant and acclaimed debut album New Name and she has been busy touring and Revolution Lullaby is her first single since mid-2013.
“Avocado is that spoon full of sugar to make the medicine go down. Revolution Lullaby is some of that bitter medicine but it is laced with its own comfort in the reassuring optimism that despite the state of the world, Jah is in control,” states Jah9.
Jah9 will also soon release the official visuals for Avocado, taken from New Name. In-tune with the theme of the playful, 80’s styled and dancehall inspired song, the video will be just as light, bright and lively showing a more feminine side to the usually militant songstress. The release for the Avocado visuals is slated for November 9.