“With a heralded stylistic hybrid of a debut album in his back pocket, Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter Kae Sun is set to shine with his sophomore effort, ‘Afriyie’. Like its predecessor, Kae’s latest sonic collage combines elements of folk, soul, and reggae with his insightful and inspired poetry; however, if 2009’s ‘Lion On A Leash’ was his road map, ‘Afriyie’ is his destination. Kae, born Kwaku Darko-Mensah Jr., has been writing songs since early childhood and can’t recall a time where he wasn’t performing, writing, or creating in one form or another. His early output borrowed bits from soul staples like Sam Cooke and Lauryn Hill, iconic reggae voices like Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, and singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan and Ben Harper. It later became clear to Kae, however, that it was about so much more than just playing music – that combining music and words could be his spiritual calling”.
A laid back and often righteous affair, Kae Sun’s second long player is packed with toe-tapping rhythms and roots-curated spirituality, it’s ultimately a record littered with songs about hope, faith and mild social reportage. Kae’s softly approach to his art reflects a wonderfully poetic force that allows decades of musical influences to be channeled through his Folk-reverent songcraft – An urban populist with stories of extraordinary vision to tell.
The new single ‘When The Pot’ is available now to download above, the album ‘Afriyie’ can be purchased from 28th May through URBNET and iTunes.
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