SAVONA PRODUCTIONS: #27
Sizzla - “Cold War (Acoustic Version)” (Muti / Savona Records)
Continuing the countdown of my favourite productions and releases of the last 15 years! Apology for the delay in these posts, played three Aussie festivals in the last ten days (Subsonic/FRL/Pleasure Garden) and got sidetracked…
This one is special to me. Inspired lyrics, beautiful music. The featured Jamaican singer Sizzla originally recorded these vocals for our ‘Born A King’ album over a heavy dubstep track that I co-produced with Dj Wasabi, but here is the stripped back version I re-recorded much later. The 12 string guitar parts (played by Tom Martin) were inspired by Bob Marley’s ’Time Will Tell’, and this gives the instrumental music a meditative, even mystical feel. This perfectly matches Sizzla’s lyrics, as he sings and cries out about the state of the West, with it’s insatiable appetite for progress ‘by any means’, namely the selfish and unsustainable exploitation of everything from nature and people to life itself.
The rhythm in the music is ‘Nyabinghi’, an early style of Jamaican music that is both spiritual and political, based on three drum types - bass, funde and kette. The funde plays a regular beat on the 1 and 2 of the bar (reminiscent of the human heart beat), while the bass emphasises the first and third beat, and the kette improvises throughout. The Jamaican Rastafari drummer and band leader Count Ossie was the first to record nyabinghi, and the style and rhythm of these chants proved to be a huge influence on other early forms of early Jamaican music such as ska and rocksteady, and of course later reggae. ‘Cold War’ can be found on my EP ‘Cold War (The Remix EP)’ in my bandcamp - see link in my Instagram bio! reggae #roots #nyabinghi #onelove #sizzla #savona #newera #coldwar #nomorewar #peace #peaceonearth #jamaica #kingston #reggae #rasta #rastafari #kette #onelove #oneearth