Friday the 13th is notoriously famous for its scary nature popularly inspired by the movie cult classic but that was not the case this year in the Queen city of Regina. Afro-fusion artist Rooky hosted a concert along with his band called The Bad HVBITS at the prestigious The Exchange, we also saw exhilarating performances by other artists in the city like Lynks, Zochi , Alexander James , Zweii and TOVA. The music was majorly Afrobeats , Hiphop and Rnb and was played by Regina based female DJ “DJ Rain” and hosted by the enigmatic Chris Omas as the MC.
here are some photos from the event shot by Rick the photographer .
Satori is a Japanese Buddhist Term which means the experience of awakening (“enlightenment”) or apprehension of the true nature of reality. It is derived from the Japanese verb “to know” (satoru) Often considered an experience which cannot be expressed in words.
Satori as a musical project portrays a musical cocktail influenced by the themes of heartbreak, love , lust and self awareness.
It is a melodic journey of mixed emotions , the feeling of strength in vulnerability , willingness to accept one’s role in toxic attachments as well as moving on from those unhealthy ties , the freedom of expression and the self awareness that you are more than enough in your search for love ,happiness and comfort.
The Project was made in a life span of 18 months with contributions from various artist and producers alike. The first draft for the EP had up to 15 demo songs before it was trimmed down to the 7-tracked sonorous journey.
Satori is best enjoyed when played in the format it was arranged upon release as it tells a story from “Truth bomb” and melodically rides down to “Spaceship finesse” , though with the use of various elements , the themes tie together portraying the experience of Satori which I hope you can find while listening to this project. listen with an open mind and a heart to understand , I would love to hear what you think about this project.
Satori can be found on all streaming digital platforms and also available for purchase below
The process of creating this song started from my search on what “Afro” influenced genre or style that I can deliver , I had decided that the instrumentation would guide my song writing as I wanted the muse to guide my Melodies.
It was about 1/2am one early morning and after a remote studio session with my friend and long time producer Skyler “Cools” from Saskatoon. We decided to work on an Afrobeats record which lead to an intriguing brainstorming process. After he laid out the beat idea , I started my song writing process.
Inna Eyes was written with a two dimensional point of view in mind. It’s a love story that speaks about the beauty of requited love and also appreciation of that feeling . while fully knowing the dangers of all that could go wrong but enjoying the moment and staying true to the essence of that love.
The song starts with the whistling and choral “Don’t stop turning me on” from Rooky , accompanied by William Burnett’s guitar licks. For sonically pleasing Melodies we can hear the sonorous voice of Nini Jegz at the Last chorus of the song. After which William comes back with the body swaying “Guitar Solo” which simply differentiates “Inna Eyes” from your regular Afrobeats song.
After a couple Weeks with the recording process at both regina and Saskatoon trips respectively and an exchange with the sound engineer “Rosesonic” , we found ourselves on your way to Weyburn for the Music Video shoot with the talented and creative genius “Christopher” of Phantasma Photography.
We also had models – Ariana Donovan and Franka Dior on set for the music video. We decided not to go with the usual flow of a music video and tried a more experimental burlesque -type imagery which seemed to work perfectly fine with our vision.
The Music video is set to release in less than 48 hours (28th Feb) and I’m so pumped and excited to share this creative project. If you haven’t heard the song, kindly check out this link below 👇🏾 lyrics would be updated on all digital streaming platforms as soon as possible as well.
The adversity of the cold fingers of winter and the ever raging jaws of the “Pandemic” was not enough to stop the fans of live local music from coming to my first headlined concert “ Afrodisiac” which took place in Cloud 9 Live in Regina on Saturday the 8th of January.
Featuring performances from various artist from both Regina and Saskatoon , we had a fair share of exhilarating performances , melodic vibes and vocal dexterity leaving the attendees yearning for another possible concert in the future *Fingers crossed*
We had superb performances from ROOKY featuring tracks from his forthcoming Sophomore EP which is titled “SATORI” (more info to be announced later) with Alexander James on keys , William Barnett on Guitars and Eric Vass on the Bass guitar, to the sonorous vocals of Nini Jegz, Joseph Shane and Zochi! We had the ground hoping to IIsaiah Bennett’s summer vibrations as well as the Duo Stage terror of Macc Davis and T Deniro and finally Afrobeat wave from Zweii. Music was provided by DJ Jeriko and Mc’d by Vibya and Vuyo.
Photographer Quentin Friesen was on ground to capture the memories of one of the most musically diverse concerts in the city this year and here is a montage of images that tell the visual story about the nights activities!