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Look Around U

by Rass Kwame & Ananse

“Look Around U” is a response to people rising up around the globe. From Black Lives Matter to the Women’s March, everyday people are taking it to the streets. “Look Around U” asks our leaders to pay attention and wake up.
Genre: Reggae: Roots Reggae
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West African reggae artist Kwame Wood came of age immersed in the music of his native Ghana. He began singing at age nine and, by the time he reached 13, was singing original music in his own band. During a local student music contest (which he won), Kwame picked up the drumsticks when the band’s drummer didn’t show, and began his journey as a powerful drummer as well as an inspiring and engaging singer. He has played with internationally known musicians including Osibisa’s Mark Tontoh, Liberian songstress Miatta Fahnbulleh, Highlife fusion pioneer George Darko, and Jazz artist Stanley Turrentine.
On tour with C.K. Mann, the Highlife King of Ghana, he came to North America in 1990. Kwame eventually settled in New York, playing with world beat group Nkossi. As band leader of Culture Shock, in Washington D.C., he helped make Bukom Cafe a local hot spot. In 1997 Kwame relocated to Minneapolis and formed the Ananse Band. He has opened for Lucky Dube, Burning Spear, The Wailers, Culture and many more.



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Look Around U: timely, relevant, beat-driven reggae
RassKwame's new release, "Look Around U," takes on the drama in today's news and focuses attention on "the leaders of the world" and their responsibility to unite us and fight for us all. The timeworn reggae trope of "Babylon is falling" takes on new relevance as it indeed seems to be the driver of new attacks against immigrants--not just in America, but around the world -- anti-Semitism, isolationism and more generic Chauvanism that is pervading world politics. Usually hopeful in his messaging, RassKwame's callout in this piece is to Africa: "Babylon is falling / Africa is calling". A meaningful work from a musician who's been around and is due.