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Micah Shemaiah: Seeds I sow Feed my soul Seeds I sow Feed my soul When I chant I free my soul On to the land that was foretold To the Mama Land I wanna be living in Africa That’s where I’m from Wanna be living in Africa Chorus: Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela [The soul of faraway Africa Fills my heart with fire] To the Mama Land I wanna be living in Africa, yeh That’s where I’m from Wanna be living in Africa PuchoMan Desde Santiago de Cuba viva la cultura Rasta Un saludo fraterno a Jamaica Reggae music universal, internacional Que no pasa de moda, no cansa Que penetra como lanza Hasta la abuelita danza Sinonimo de esperanza, alabanza No importa el lenguaje Ni lo quien lo interprete Lo mas importante es el mensaje [The Rastas from Santiago de Cuba Salute Jamaica Universal, international reggae music Don’t get old, it’s still on Like a spear gets into your ear Everybody dancing It brings hope and praise No matter which language Or who is singing The only and most important thing is the message] Chorus Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela Micah Shemaiah: Ooh La la la la le la aaaah Africa Ohhhhh Africa The Gideon: I - I From outta Africa we came forth, Rasta youths centralize Pon the banks of the Nile Yeh we long fi hold a vibes Free from the iniquity gotta hold a Ites Bigger judgement and Binghi fire it go light Mama Africa will always provide Burn out the wars, stop your damn genocide Beat the kette drum and we deh by the fireside Hail Selassie I, burn the fire, keep it lively - yeh! Micah Shemaiah: Kayaman say Soul a say Soul a say (from Jamaica To Cuba) Twelve tribes say Soul a say Soul a say (Yo Yo Yo, Boom!) The Gideon: From Morocco back to Mozambique We keep it grooving Tanazania go to Kenya we keep it moving Trod through the Congo Up to Cameroon Back to Ethiopia Yeh we chanting, yo! Chorus Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela Alma del África lejana Llena mi pecho de candela Micah Shemaiah: Now on the shores of my Mama breast we lay, Forever sure of the length of days we pray And this road will not always be in grey For every soul has a chance for a better day Kayaman say Soul a say Soul a say Twelve tribes say Soul a say Soul a say Laaaaaaaa La la le la Yeah ahhh Anyilena Africa me llama Africa me llama (x7) [Africa calls me] Micah Shemaiah: One thousand miles away, yeah One million minutes from today But I go on and I hold strong ‘Cause I know I will reach my home

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The new single "The Fire From Africa" from the upcoming Havana Meets Kingston - Part II album blends roots Jamaican reggae with Afro-Cuban chants, bringing together traditional and spiritual elements of both islands. Produced by Mista Savona and featuring Jamaican stars Micah Shemaiah, The Gideon and Sly & Robbie along with Cubans PuchoMan and Anyilena.

When Australian producer Jake Savona (aka Mista Savona) first travelled to Cuba in 2014, his original inspiration for the Havana Meets Kingston project was to bring together traditional and spiritual elements of both islands - such as the Nyabinghi drumming and chanting of Jamaica with traditional Cuban chants born out of the santería religion.

“The Fire From Africa” does exactly that - introducing the song with slow, meditative Nyabinghi drum patterns, that leads into a chorus based on traditional Afro-Cuban chants expressing a 'longing for the Motherland Africa'. The deep bass and drums of Sly & Robbie alongside Bongo Herman's steady Kette drum patterns create a heavy foundation that is perfect for Jamaican singer Micah Shemaiah to express beautifully the Rasta theme of 'Repatriation' - a longing that Jamaican Rastas have to one day return to the homeland Africa.

The second verse is by Cuban rapper PuchoMan from the highly political group La Armada based in Santiago de Cuba, who flows beautifully over the riddim and lyrically celebrates the meeting of the two cultures. 'Reggae is universal and international!' sings PuchoMan, who is currently in jail in Cuba for what is believed to be political reasons. Jamaican artist The Gideon follows with a formidable second verse, displaying his skill for the very Jamaican 'sing-jay' style that combines singing and toasting (rapping).

The chorus singers are from both Havana and Santiago de Cuba (opposite ends of the island, each with unique musical traditions). Solis and Julito Padron represent Havana (Julito is also considered one of the finest trumpeters in the world), while La Armada (PuchoMan and Krazyman) represent for Santiago de Cuba. Featured in the outro and also singing some beautiful adlibs throughout the song is another singer from Santiago, Anyilena, who was also featured on Part 1 of the Havana Meets Kingston project.

Another key contributor to the track is the lush and distinctive guitar of Bopee, a brilliant Jamaican guitarist who worked closely with legendary Jamaican singer Dennis Brown throughout the 80's and 90's. Bopee sadly passed away last year in his home in Kingston, Jamaica.

“The Fire From Africa” represents a true meeting of the souls and spirits of Jamaica and Cuba.

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released February 5, 2021

Writers:
Micah Shemaiah Abrahams - 25%
Ricardo Casamayor Pujals - 12.5%
Aijah Nunes - 12.5%
Jake Savona - 40%
Lowell Sly Filmore Dunbar - 5%
Robert Warren Dale Shakespeare - 5%

Drums: Sly Dunbar
Bass: Robbie Shakespeare
Guitars: Winston ‘Bopee’ Bowen
Kette Drum: Bongo Herman
Nyabinghi Percussion: Bongo Herman, Shaun ‘Bugzy’ Anderson & Junior Bongo
Congas: Yaroldy Abreu
Mixed Cuban Percussion: Oliver Valdés & Vince Vella
Piano: Jake Savona
Backup Vocals: Francisco ‘Solis’ Robert, Julito Padrón, Ricardo Casamayor Pujals, Aristey Guibert Tejada & Anyilena Perera

Producer: Jake Savona

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