Brina is a new voice of World Roots Reggae Music from Jamaica, an artiste steeped in the sounds and rhythms of her Jamaican culture. With the release of this incredible debut album “Under One Sun”, Brina is ready to share her music with the world.
Under One Sun features Jamaican legends Toots Hibbert (of Toots and the Maytals) guest vocals, and Sly Dunbar (of Sly and Robbie) on Drums. The quality of the songs and music, combined with Brina’s talent and sincerity drew many great musicians, eager to be part of this album, which includes the singles “Listen” and “Real Reggae Music” that have been gaining airplay in Jamaica and globally along with the January 2012 single release “Lala Vizuri (Sleep My Little Baby)” sung in English and Swahili.
The seeds for Under One Sun were planted in 2007 when Brina met Kieran C Murray, a Scottish musician living in Jamaica. This meeting of minds and cultures sparked a flow of creativity and they began writing songs together. It was now time for Brina to record her debut album, truly representing the talent and creativity that exists in Jamaica. Descended from The Maroons, Brina’s deep connection with drums and African music is as natural as her vocal expressions of freedom and justice. Her desire is to fuse together elements of her rich cultural and musical heritage using Reggae, Nyabinghi and other musical styles from the African diaspora; singing of justice, equality, liberation, oneness and love. Brina’s songs bring a positive healing message to the world.
Using driftwood from the Caribbean, Kieran and Brina built a small Tribal Global Studio in their cottage in Stony Hill on the mountains above Kingston, here the recording and production of the album began. This was in 2009. They tracked live drums and bass at Bob Marley’s world famous Tuff Gong recording studio, drums with Sly Dunbar at Anchor Studios and Grafton Studio for the live horn sessions. Memorable vocal sessions were recorded in Jamaica’s mystical Blue Mountains. Some drum and guitar sessions were recorded in Columbia and California through the internet, lending a truly global dimension to the project. Between hurricanes, tropical storms and loud street sound systems the rest of the album was tracked in the Tribal Global Studio. Recording was completed in the summer of 2010, final mixing and mastering completed in 2011.
The full album credits read like a who’s who of some of Jamaica’s finest musicians including: Sly Dunbar on drums, Jubba White, Jallanzo, and Luke Dixon of Dubtonic Kru on drums, guitar and keyboards respectively. Rupert Bent III and Omar Francis on guitars, Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper of Third World, Demar Gayle of Raging Fyah, Sheldon Bernard, Stephen Maxwell and Jerome Tulloch on pianos & keyboards. Dean Fraser, Nambo Robinson and Dwight Richards on Horns. Calvin Mitchell and Phillip Supersad on Nyabinghi hand drums. Kieran C Murray played Bass Guitar and also produced the album. From other corners of the globe, L.A. producer John Barnes III was integral in vocal production, Canadian Guitarist/Producer JB Eckl (Santana, War) on guitar, the renowned Afro-Caribbean drummer Istvan Dely from Columbia on percussions and Paul Gonzales from the USA added some Latin funk flavours on drums. Two tracks ‘Listen’ and ‘Real Reggae Music’ were mixed in Jamaica by Errol Brown (Bob Marley, Ziggy Marley) and released in 2010. The rest of the album was mixed in Los Angeles by Jon Rezin (Santana, Maroon 5)
With Brina’s incredible and powerful voice and songs backed up by this stellar line up of musicians, Brina’s iconic debut album will delight lovers of music and reggae worldwide. This album will take you on a musical journey, with the classic sounds of; Roots Rock Reggae, rocked up Nyabinghi, classic One Drop Riddims, acoustic Nyabinghi drumming and chanting with a rural Jamaican gospel style, Funky Pop Rock, Rocking Dub, African, Latin and Brazilian grooves. Like many classic Jamaican albums embraced by fans of myriad musical genres, this album embraces all the diverse musical influences mentioned, while effortlessly staying firmly rooted in the Reggae tradition.
Brina believes that music is a universal language crossing all borders, a powerful force that will help bring about the dream – the oneness of humanity – to millions of people around the globe. “Under One Sun” will place Roots Reggae Music with a spiritual message on the world map. The release of this incredible album allows Brina to share her music with the world and should not be missed.