Some artists are defined by their environment. Some redefine their environment. Still others push the boundaries of convention so fully that their influence is felt around the globe, and across generations. Their music compels us not only to dance but to think, not only to celebrate but to strive, not only to listen but to truly hear.
Fela Kuti, Nigeriaâ€™s eminent musical activist; Bob Marley, Jamaicaâ€™s emissary of struggle and unity; and Bob Dylan, Americaâ€™s reluctant Civil Rights song leader, are three such artists. These are â€œThe Messengers.â€
J.Period, acclaimed DJ/Producer, and Kâ€™Naan, rising Somali-born MC, collaborated on this unique and powerful remix project, paying tribute to the lasting legacy of these musical giants. Weaving Afrobeat, Reggae, Ska, Folk and Rock into this genre-bending musical experience, The Messengers stretches the boundaries of hip hopâ€”and the mixtape genre itself.
Remixing the classic work of Fela, Marley and Dylan, The Messengers captures the timelessness of their sounds and the continued urgency of their messages. The result, as fans have come to expect from J.Period, is like no mixtape youâ€™ve ever heard.