U.S. singer Puma Ptah – formerly Ras Puma – was born on the Virgin Islands, but moved to the mainland about ten years ago where he later joined eclectic DJ and artist collective Thievery Corporation. Last year he decided to pursue a solo career – even though he still works with the Corporation – and recently dropped his debut set.
Puma Ptah makes solid and soothing roots reggae with live instrumentation and beautiful arrangements. His vocal style is calm and relaxed yet with a dramatic touch. He reflects on politics and spiritual issues and sings about unity and love for all mankind.
The percussion-driven Prudence is dreamy, Home comes with strings and a pulsating organ and Upright has bright horns and echo-laid vocals.
Certainly a solid debut from a promising singer.