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Mr Vegas shows conscious journey on ‘ISM’

Mr Vegas shows conscious journey on ‘ISM’

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July 27th, 2018

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International reggae artiste Mr Vegas is looking forward to the release of his latest album, ‘Ism’, on all digital music platforms on July 27.

The album is grounded in the foundations of roots rock reggae as well as the spiritual teachings of Rastafari contained in the works of Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown.

Through his quest for knowledge, Mr Vegas has been immersing himself in books like How To Make A Negro Christian by Kamau Makesi-Tehuti and the epic poem, Epic of Gilgamesh, to feed his thirst for answers. He has gained a new appreciation for the powerful legacy of African culture, and a greater understanding of his role as a black man living in the Caribbean.

“The Ism is a breakthrough album. It has a bold new sound and mindset. Just listen with fresh ears and you will be surprised,” he said.

Mr Vegas is now on tour in Europe, rocking the Rotterdam Music Festival on Sunday while dressed in full Wakanda-themed garb, a nod to his swing towards black consciousness and Pan-Africanism.

“I say Jah because I think the Rasta movement is a positive movement and not religious faculty,” the singer explained. “However, I do understand that all titles were made up by mankind to go with their spiritual or religious brand.”

SPIRITUAL YEARNING

Last year, Vegas released the gospel album Soul Therapy, a project that spoke to the artiste’s spiritual yearning as he endured painful personal challenges that were widely covered in the international press as well as social media.

“After trying to find God, I went into the church,” Mr Vegas said, while explaining the inspiration behind this new direction in both his life and his music. “It was there that I started reading the Bible in depth for the first time. After coming across some offensive text in regard to slavery and instructions on how to degrade women, I started asking questions to which the Christians could not give me satisfactory answers. Subsequently, I started doing my own research, outside of the Bible, and it was then that I found God within myself and my African roots. This album is just the start of my conscious journey.”

Clocking in at 12 tracks, the entire album sticks to the classical roots reggae music apart from the final track, the playful dancehall cut Wakanda Jam inspired by the African kingdom portrayed in the hit movie Black Panther and Love Up There, an uplifting message set to a gentle uptempo rhythm.

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