Message Music

by Royal Sounds



‘Message Music’
Released as a Digital single 25th August 2017

As reggae music rapidly approaches it's fiftieth birthday, far from being a tired and spent genre it finds itself rejuvenated and invigorated by a new generation of internationally successful artists such as Chronixx, Protoje, Raging Fyah and Alborosie to name but a few. New British talent is often overlooked but Royal Sounds aim to change that and put British reggae firmly back on the map starting with their new single “Message Music”.

At their core, Royal Sounds are a family based unit formed by brothers Ajani and Gyasi. Together with cousin Hannibal and Ras Sempah, the brothers have an impeccable reggae pedigree as their father Ras Alkebu was lead guitarist for the legendary Prince Lincoln Thomson's Royal Rasses. He started his sons on a musical path at an early age and over the past decade, the brothers have gained much experience backing numerous leading reggae artists in shows across Europe.

The brothers formed Royal Sounds in London in 2012 aiming to spread a message of unity and positivity through the medium of modern roots reggae. Since then they have not only mastered their craft by backing other musicians, but also learned several additional instruments and acquired the production skills required to make the band a self-contained unit. The years of practice have been put to good effect and the band now have more than enough material recorded to release their debut album “Burning Inspiration”. The album will drop in the coming months, but for now by way of an introduction, they are releasing “Message Music” as their debut single and hopefully the first of many releases on Sugar Shack Records.

“Message Music” may be seen as something of a manifesto for Royal Sounds, full of inspiration and positivity it's upbeat, catchy and dare one say it - ‘commercial’ enough to be a Summer hit. Yet the lyrics also ask serious questions, “are you conscious or not?” but its seriousness is tempered with humour. This is a band for the future and although the production is bang up to date, it also maintains its links to reggae's glorious past with the brothers paying homage to the music's rich history, a history that they are obviously totally immersed in, with classic touches such as the horn riffs by the legendary ‘Patrick Matic. Aba Ariginal’ – Matic Horns.

The album has been recorded between Jamaica (Anchor Recording Studios) and Royal Sounds Studio in London.


Royal Sounds - Message Music

Message music, can't abuse it,
Nah refuse it, you dont choose it
It chooses you, yes it chooses you
Message music, nah confuse it
Work around it, nah get confused like ah rubix cube

Verse 1 (Hannibal)
(This is) Burning inspiration, I'm burning inspiration
This inspiration burning inside of me what's this sensation?
Burning out the inflamation, is this too much information?
Is my voice low? Should I add on some more explanations?
Cloud nine's been my yard from the age of 16
I missed out on teenage house parties
I didn't really want to attend any of these
Cause I didn't really like the all inclusive
I just light the L when work was over
See I like the way when work is over I just chill
I might link the team and a few spliff ah bill
Then its back to the yard same ting ah gwarn still
Conjuring up all these lyrics all depend on how I feel
Mi na need fi take dem dutty tings fi give myself a thrill
Righteous gather and reason and talk about the real
You wasn't in the negotiation so you would not know the deal

Verse 2 (Ras Sempah)
It's not an accident , that I was put pon this earth
Self establishment - is what I need inna this earth
Rearrangement of traditions will make your head hurt
That's why I man ah seek enlightenment first
So what's the story now, tell me are you stuck
Physically rich but spiritually bruk
You need to open up your mind, and see what you will find and, meditate and fly
Listen to the melodies these ital remedies, cooking is my therapy, the lyrics them is part of my recipe
Inna Mi life I am an architect
So nah bother get the ting incorrect
Don't pay yah bill and yah line ah get discount
You better eat good food or your life reck
Comprehend my intellect
Understanding has a side effect
So overstanding is better yet

Verse 3 (Hannibal)
Now make your mind up, are you concious or not?
You gonna keep your trousers down or you gonna pull it up?
I'm looking at the dj like you gonna pull it up?
Man I can see everyone's head here bumping up to the dub
See I'll be in the front vybzing where the speaker dem tump
I'm bringing fyah to the floor so all the people dem jump
And all the herbalists provide I with the very strong buds
And reasoning with drunk tom because I heard he knows much

Verse 4 (Ras Sempah)

Mi ah come out ah mi comfort zone
When mi done this - mi ah make this mi ring tone yeah
I know you're liking the flow that I own, people see me these days they're like Sempah your grown
Vegetarian mi nah eat no pork
Can't smoke the smoke we smoke cah you ah go choke yeah
Selassie powers ah pump through my soul
Them cold cah them sell out them soul fi get gold

Message music, can't abuse it,
Nah refuse it, you dont choose it
It chooses you, yes it chooses you
Message music, nah confuse it
Work around it, nah get confused like ah rubix cube


releases August 25, 2017
Hannibal – Vocals
Ras Sempah – Vocals
Gyasi Crosdale – Drums and Guitars
Ajani McKenzie – Bass and Keyboards
Patrick Matic. Aba Ariginal – Trumpet

Mixed by Gyasi Crosdale
Produced by Royal Sounds
Mastered by Marrik ‘MLD Music’ Shearer
Written by James Mckenzie-Ross, Anthony Semple , Ajani Mckenzie, Gyasi Crosdale




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