KENTE Reggae band, 35 years after coming out with their landmark, progressive Development Plan album, is ready with a new collection of material called New Song.
Produced by lead singer Fred Dred and published by RKMG in the United Kingdom, songs on the new album is a tasty blend of rhythms tailored to appeal to a wide range of music lovers.
There is some Reggae, Highlife, Afro Club Beat, Ethno Pop, Dancehall, and Party Roots. The songs have distinct messages touching on truth and destiny, love and friendship, self-identity, education, ghetto life, and other relevant social issues.
Some of the titles contained in the 12-track album are Do You Remember Me, Free Education, Thinking About You and New Song. The songs were recorded at Kpekpe Studio in Accra.
“There is something on the album for everyone. I trust listening to the complete album would be a wonderful experience for discerning music fans.
"Pre-release singles from the album are currently available online on all digital platforms,” Fred Dred said.
Founded in 1987 by then high school buddies, Kente band today has a network of artistes, studios, music and television producers, promoters, web engineers, merchandisers, and an army of fans who regularly communicate with the band, mostly online.
The aim of this network is to promote the music and performance of Kente and all the associate artistes as well as the studios and various promotional merchandise including fashion and product branding.
The Development Plan debut album clearly captured the Kente philosophy of the need for African peoples to evolve their own sustainable development programmes that take source from their own history and culture.
Then came the Keep Moving album which called on all conscious people of the world to come together in a universal one-love order.
The Jah Way album represented a new stage in the group’s direction, when for the first time, they produced and released their own album on their own Sound Image label.
Ghana-based instrumentalists on the album include Dan Grahl (bass), Owura K (guitar) and Frank Arthur (keyboards).
“We’ve got something to say, and we are saying it loud and clear. We are promoting a whole new lifestyle and we shall consider ourselves successful when the people hear what we have to say,” Fred Dred stated.
Kente band's New Song album release is slated for early October.