Kae Sun is a Ghanaian-Canadian singer-songwriter, and his music combines the elements of folk, soul and reggae. His influences have included Sam Cooke, Lauryn Hill, Dennis Brown, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan and Ben Harper.
When it comes to the themes he explores in his music, Sun explains, “My background, how I live, and what I believe all inform the way I write.” And when it comes to describing his music, Sun says, “The music is made with the intent to shift consciousness; not just to entertain, but perhaps to travel with the audience in a spirit of love and truth.”
Sun released the album, Afriyie, on May 28, 2013. The album has a total of 10 tracks, and there is a mixture of both upbeat and catchy tracks and songs that are much slower in tempo.
After listening to the album, I found that I enjoyed listening to Sun’s upbeat material more than I did the songs with a slower tempo. My favorite song on Afriyie is “When the Pot,” which was released as the lead-off single for the album. After hearing this song, I can see why it was chosen to be a single; it’s a very catchy song right from the start, and it grabs the listener’s attention very easily.
Another standout track is “Dzorwulu Junction,” because it sounds rather different than most of the other tracks on the album; however, this different sound makes it stand out in a good way. Of the uptempo material, my least favorite song was probably “Ship and the Globe”; while I liked how the song sounded musically, the lyrics became rather repetitive near the end.
Unfortunately, the slower tempo songs just didn’t do much for me. I think this was due, in large part, to the fact that a lot of the slower songs just seemed to stay stuck in a rut musically and not progress much of anywhere.
While I may not have appreciated all of the material that appeared on Afriyie, I have to give Sun a lot of credit for including several different sounds and styles on the album. After hearing the album, I definitely can say that Sun is a talented musician.
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