As a European-Canadian hybrid creature, I have found a musical identity by experimenting with many different instruments and styles. I play several instruments to varying degrees of success: bass guitar, voice, guitars and other stringed things, percussion, keyboards, flutes, brass, and bowed...
My curiosity has brought me from garage rock to psych, reggae, funk, hip hop, gamelan, and more recently Latin rhythms like salsa and cumbia. After nearly 20 years of making music, I still don't know what the next song will sound like, but this chameleonic nature is what keeps me inspired.
My primary project over the past 8 years has been a Latin/Global fusion band called MNGWA, where I play bass guitar, sing, and compose/produce the music.
Since 2010, I have hosted a global music radio show called Wandering Rhythms on campus/community station CJSF 90.1 FM in Burnaby, Canada. This provides me with an endless source of musical inspiration to guide my own songwriting.
An afrobeat psych jazz monster of a song describing the modern obsession with material wealth and living the easy life. With lyrics in four languages (Swahili, English, Hungarian and Xhosa), 'Wororo' challenges us all to try and appreciate what we already have and to see past superficial desires.
'Chand Ke Phool’, a unique Indian/Andean cumbia song, takes inspiration from the giant-impact hypothesis, which suggests the Earth and Moon were once one planet that was broken in two by a collision with another planet. This is a metaphor for how Pakistan and India were hit by a great conspiracy, and divided on the basis of religion. A similar story exists with Romania, Moldova, Ireland, Yugoslavia... At the core of any conflict, there is a void which, if filled with love, caring and sharing, can bring peace and prosperity.
"Min eigen veg" is about finding your own path in life, and the loneliness and constant inner conflict of not knowing where this path leads you. There is pain and deceit, but also love and beauty along the way. All are equally important and necessary steps in the journey. Ingrid Fossum aka Makihiyo sings, accompanied by the langeleik (Norwegian folk instrument), before Gogo musician Msafiri Zawose enters with ilimba and traditional singing. Nic Legacy builds the song to a climax with bass guitar, lap steel guitar, and percussion.
NJAA is a prog-African opus about hunger and famine, the global crisis that still plagues humanity despite all of our material gains. Bringing together powerful voices from East and West Africa (singing in Swahili and Fon), NJAA compels us all to confront the suffering as if it were your own family. Are you immune to starvation?
We are Earthlings is a manifestation of diversity, created by five musicians from five continents. Rather than providing a singular statement, this song presents a playful exploration of our inter-connected perspectives. Even the seemingly straightforward lyric ‘we play with fire’ can be interpreted as threatening or empowering depending on the context. We are complex creatures, and every one of us lives the full spectrum of emotions. As the song progresses, we move from minor to major melodies, and despair is replaced by hope.
Inspired by an environmentalist and humanist perspective, “Vergel” expresses the desire to find a place to make a base; a place to find peace in these crazy times, and put down roots. It also seeks to generate awareness about the need to harvest our own food and through this act reconnect with Mother Earth. Curiously, all three performers (none of whom are Indian) are playing Indian instruments in this song. Although the style of music is not primarily Indian, the music is grounded by the warmth and timelessness of these ancient sounds.
The Earth is a single magical and benevolent creature. All it asks of us is to zoom out from our tiny lives and see the world holistically. With eyes wide open, not putting on a show, but living conciously together.
This song is a call to reconnect with nature and regreen the planet. The lyrics speak of dire environmental issues, but the music will make you want to dance. There's no need to sit around being sad about the world - grab a shovel, plant a seed and groove! The roots of the composition are Msafiri Zawose and Anna Kattoa's impassioned vocals. The song then travelled back and forth between Tanzania and Canada as more instruments were added, growing slowly and steadily like a tree.
Wanyama Wetu is about the value and wisdom of animals, protecting them from harm until the time comes when people understand that all creatures deserve equal respect. The music was recorded between Tanzania and Canada. Msafiri Zawose began the composition with a hip hop style drumbeat and bassline, zeze (Tanzanian violin/harp) and vocals in Swahili. He invited Suleman Abdallah (Meja Drum) to record a Swahili rap verse as well. Nic Lagasse added more vocals and instrumentation building up the intensity for the second half of the song.
No submissions for Beyond Music Project Volume 1.