Muwwakil to release new dancehall project

November 05, 2021
Shaheed Muwwakil
Shaheed Muwwakil

Dancehall producer Shaheed Muwwakil is ecstatic about the advanced buzz on his debut Red Rum dancehall project which has already spawned a hit with Jahvillani's single Gun Man Party.

The project features 18 tracks with heavyweight names like Gyptian, Jah Vinci, Munga Honorebel, TeeJay and Wasp. Less established artistes are also featured.

"The diversity of artistes on this project is what makes it unique. The riddim has an international crossover feel, combining dancehall and hip-hop. The idea for it [the rhythm] came out of a discussion with the artiste called Intrestt," Muwwakil, head of Sha-Tess records, said.

Gun Man Party, which was released with a video a few days ago, racked up over 300,000 views in only a few days.

"The feedback has been great so far, people are loving the creative concept behind Jahvillani's video, so we're off to a great start," said Muwwakil. The project will be officially released in late November.

The producer, whose name was Philip Bailey before he converted to Islam, is excited about the future prospects of his first major project. He formed Sha-Tess label alongside his creative partner, Passadon, who is the co-producer/engineer behind the current project.

Muwwakil had previously released a few singles through his label from artistes such as De Alpha, Ricky Flex, Pretty Kitti and Rally Banks.

Muwwakil was introduced to music at a tender age, as his father was a musician. He christened Muwwakil as 'Phillip Bailey', in homage to the lead singer in the Earth Wind and Fire band. Muwwakil attended Haile Selassie High School and St Mary's College High School before migrating.

"My aspirations in the industry is to set a trend as the Quincy Jones of dancehall and give an opportunity to the hidden talents who are not given that platform to shine. Juggling riddims are coming back and will be dominating the dancehall space for the rest of 2021-2022," he said.

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