Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Journey Into a Musical Past "SOJOURN" by Michael Dawkins

Six years after it was conceptualized, the album 'SOJOURN' by Michael Dawkins is finally
released on iTunes.  With the hit song, 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' (the remake of the 1970s world hit by the Hollies and Neil Diamond) a favourite, the 17 track compilation also include other covers such as Rain From The Sky which was recorded in 1963 by American singer Adam Wade with the first reggae remake by Delroy Wilson Don't Cry For Me inspired by the reggae artiste Sanjay Davis and Sexy Love a studio one remix inspired by Lloyd Matadore (Born to Loose). There is also a special 'fan-feature' called Spotlite which was recorded in two (2) different genres (reggae and dubstep), remix featuring New York base artiste Geego plus the Dubstep version which is offered as a bonus track.

About 13 of the 17 tracks off the SOJOURN album was recorded in 2008 but remixed and released in 2014 because producer John 'Sir Raf' Allen the beat maker for Shaggy's 1995 hit song Boombastic, the Kuff riddim with the hit song of the same name by Shelly Thunder and Don Dada, the riddim for Super Cat's hit song to name a few, thought that too many "fast tracks made up the compilation so he slowed them down" said Michael Dawkins.  Tracks such as My True Love, Sexy Love, Don't Cry For Me, Hypnotize and Broken Wings are new additions to the compilation. Spotlite was originally recorded in Dubstep but re-mix in Reggae because it was felt that both versions sounded good. 

Michael Dawkins said the album SOJOURN,"is a journey into my musical past."  He is known and respected for taking an audience 'back in time' to the days of  Dennis Brown, Alton Ellis with his deliveries. Dawkins said reggae fans will enjoy listening his album, the styles and format of each track demonstrates, "a bit of me," he said. "There are Lovers Rock, message song and life experience. Every song is different, it might be hard to pick a favourite" Dawkins said in a telephone conversation with NIPnews. Executive producer of the album SOJOURN is Michael Dawkins independent label Big Scope Records.

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