From West London to becoming the ‘Dread King’ of Harlem NYC Kwame Binea’s journey to capturing the hearts and minds of the people of New York, New York has been impressive. Selling out iconic venues up and down the East coast and in the midwest of America Kwame has become a fan favorite for those loving his unique style of what he calls ‘Rock and Soul’ music with his big band. As Kwame embarks on yet another sell-out tour of America in 2018 his sights are firmly set on a return to his homeland and city of birth London. Where linking up with Stevie Eagle E of Shlepp Entertainment he wishes to establish himself on the British and European music scene.
At first glance, it’s hard to understand why the British public no so little about one of their own kicking up a fuss overseas. However, when you look deeper into Kwame Binea and his persona, the way he goes about his craft it makes sense. Kwame is about the music, he is about the expression and the art, not about the glitz, glamour or PR. Kwame is old school, putting all his energies into pleasing those that come to see him live and not so much into the virtual fan base. Kwame is about his true fans. But even Kwame understands that if he wishes to truly attain the position his music and stature demands he has to come out of his box a little. It was this revelation that led him to Stevie Eagle E. Known for breaking and making unique artists globally Stevie Eagle E seemed the natural choice to help Kwame Binea make the noise he now wishes to make globally and in the UK and Europe specifically.
We spoke briefly to Stevie Eagle E about Kwame Binea working with Shlepp Entertainment and he told us:
Kwame Binea is a no-brainer, this guy is what we need right now. His music and his vibe strike a chord in me and others like me and breathes a breath of fresh air into the scene. Not taking anything away from Trap and pop and all that’s out there but where are the real artist these days? They are far and few between. Kwame is one of those real artists that I love working with and when the opportunity presented itself I jumped in head first. He is one of ours kicking up a fuss and it’s time we made the whole world know about him especially the UK where he was born and raised.
So now we reach that point where Kwame Binea is set to release his first single in the UK and what a song it is. Universal love is a song penned by the legendary Jimmy Cliff and produced by Vernon Ried the man behind living color and so many other great hits.
This is the kind of song that speaks to anyone who loves music, passion art, and vibe, things which many feel are in short supply these days. It’s passionate and some would also say controversial more because of the video than the song itself. This is a song that could truly help Kwame Binea make his mark in the UK. The video features a lot of controversial people and moments in history including Dr Martin Luther King, Michael Jackson, JFK, RFK and Nelson Mandela and others.
With this single and this video, Kwame Binea hopes to make a statement on his debut into the music scene. He is putting down a strong marker about what he stands for, what he is about and what we can expect. The boy from London now the talk of Harlem is coming back home musically at least and in his music, you can hear all the influences from reggae to rock, soul and even some of his Ghanian African heritage. Time will only tell if Kwame succeeds in conquering the UK music scene, he has already done more than most will ever do he has already risen above the radar musically which this article from The Guardian confirms written several years ago. So if there is any justice and love for true artists, musicians, and star quality in the old sense of the world, then he will succeed for sure in the UK.
For those of you who do not wish to wait to get your hands on Universal love you can buy it at all major online outlets now or get it here.
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