African artiste promotes EP in Ja

July 08, 2016
Don Rawzi

Africa-based reggae artiste Don Rawzi is hoping to break into the Jamaican market with his new EP, 'Babylon Burning'.

The EP was produced by Ras Gikes Production, and according to the artiste, he has developed a unique sound by fusing African music with reggae.

"My style is roots reggae with an African fusion. Fans all over the world are moving back to the foundation, which is roots with conscious and uplifting messages for our society, because reggae is a vehicle for social and political empowerment of the masses," he said.

The artiste also believes Jamaica's validation is important for mobility in the music industry.

"Jamaica is where reggae started, and now it has spread all over the world. Sales and bookings are determined by Jamaican charts. For example, four of my singles have been featured on Stampede Street Charts, and it has helped me to get more fans," he said.

Don Rawzi also had chart success in the United Kingdom with songs like Smile and Mama Africa. He is also hoping to use the summer to promote his new catalogue of songs. "I will be doing shows to help boost sales and let more fans listen and enjoy Kenyan reggae. Reggae is the most popular music in Kenya and the fans are responding very well in the motherland. This EP is in rotation on radio stations across Africa, and I also did a tour with Turbulence for the One Love Festival," he said.

The artiste also revealed that Africa has fully embraced reggae. "Africans love reggae more than any other foreign music, and there are a lot of upcoming artistes in the motherland earning a living through live reggae shows. There are acts like Lucky Dube, Alpha Blondy, and Majek Fashek, who paved the way for us the new breed," he said.

Babylon Burning can be purchased on various online stores.

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