Producer/Musician Billy "Prince" Polo is set to release the long awaited, highly anticipated Universal Souljah on Prince Polo Records (Ropeadope). His joint effort with Sierra Leon superstar Bajah has been in the works and has been generating a buzz for some time. And now it is here. The album consists of 7 hard hitting tracks that are sure to send reggae fans into a frenzy.
"I wanted to make a record that was representative of New York, Brooklyn specifically." said Polo. "It was a chance to combine the common musical themes that Bajah and I both share and in the process create a new sound, and something that is uniquely Brooklyn in it's vibe."
Universal Souljah is exactly that. Universal. Musically it combines reggae, hip-hop, dub and African styles in a way that really hasn't been heard before, and the end result is something very special. From the heavy Rub a Dub style of Bigger Heads to the UK Dub influence of Love And Unity to the dancehall scorchers of Hot and I Feel Like this collection will take you on a journey that is both socially conscious and guaranteed to make you move your body on the dance floor.
"Bajah is a great artist and person and it comes across in his music. Making this record was such a great experience in so many ways." stated Polo. "He named the album and I couldn't think of a better representation of who he is and what he's about. Without question he is a Universal Soldier."
After packing the national stadium for performances in his home country of Sierra Leone and contributing music to the Academy Award–nominated film Blood Diamond, African superstar Bajah is poised to conquer the global airwaves with his unique sound, which blends the swagger and funk of hip-hop, the passion and energy of dancehall, and the socially conscious vibe of reggae. His music has generated so much buzz that major stars including Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots, Talib Kweli, K'Naan, James Poyser, Rashid Smith, Res, and El-P have contributed their vocal and/or production talents to past releases. On a recent CNN interview, Questlove of The Roots compared Bajah to the Michael Jackson of West Africa with the social conscience of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti.
Love is a theme of Bajah's music, and the joy and love legions of fans have shown him comes through in his energetic, powerful live performances. He has performed at The Roots Picnic (by invitation from The Roots), at Carnegie Hall for the annual Tibet House fundraiser, at Lincoln Center Out Of Doors, in Prospect Park at the Celebrate Brooklyn: All For Africa benefit, at many Roots Jam sessions, at the United Nations. and more. He toured the USA for the first time in 2012, opening for Epic recording artist, Nneka. He has also shared the stage with John Legend, Iggy Pop, Shaggy, Regina Spektor, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Ziggy Marley, Joss Stone, John Forte, Angelique Kidjo, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and the “Fela!” cast since touching down on American soil.
Bajah continues to share his unique perspective on life and spreading their message of hope, love, and inspiration across the globe through their vibrant, infectious music and their electrifying live shows, and the world is listening...