A-FREE-KA: a Kemetic term, from ancient Egypt, meaning SPIRIT. Being in A-free-Ka means no limitations. No boundaries. Infinite. As the myth-scientist Sun Ra said: THE ONLY LIMIT IS YOUR IMAGINATION. In A-free-Ka, the mind and body is one. Harnessing the hidden vectors of space, transcending time, elevating the mind. S’aint even about music, but a journey towards LOVE, TRUTH, PEACE, FREEDOM and JUSTICE. We are all descendents of Afrika. We are enchanted beings. The Master-Teachers. Some of us just don’t know it yet. Those that do, STAY WOKE.
SHAFIQ HUSAYN will make a lot of artists feel like giving up? WHAT IS THE POINT OF CREATING MUSIC IF YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY? His first solo album **Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka** represents the culmination of a 30 year journey. He learnt to cut from Afrika Bambaattaa and Afrika Islam, cooled out in L.A. with Egyptian Lover, and did a stint with Ice-T's Rhyme Syndicate. Today, he is part of the Sa-Ra triumvirate and the only person Erykah Badu allows to write for her. What he makes isn't hip-hop, isn't soul, isn't rock, isn't jazz. IT’S A WAKE-UP CALL. Listen loudly to the message. Pushing through creative limitations of FORM + CONTENT to reach deep into the SPIRIT.
THE BLACK KNIGHT: The chess player takes a moment to reflect before each move. This is how Shafiq handles his business in the studio. He carefully arranges his drums like HIEROGLYPHS. Taking the hip-hop beat somewhere else, to a place it’s always been before – thru ancient rhyhthms of the Ethiops, Eastern modalities, dark matter freek1cies and the reverb/delay of our forefathers’ voices.
FUNK BOX: Shafiq En' A-Free-Ka is a real studio album, inspired by Abbey Road and Electric Ladyland, composed with an armoury of outboard gear, effects, synthesizers, electric guitars, strings, horns, a lot of modulation and a lot of weird stuff. “Hip-hop mastered the beat, but they didn’t do nothing with the changes,” says Shafiq. “Even someone as musical as Dr. Dre - they’re not really taking it to the whole arrangement, even if he catches fire for a couple of hot bars. That’s like meat and potatoes.” With Shafiq, there’s no shortage of green in the mix – food for your amygdala.
THE ANGELS: L.A. is home to a creative renaissance, a NEW WAVE in the largest sense of the word. Shafiq and Sa-Ra are part of an expansive artistic community and the people who pass thru his studio, whether it’s Erykah Badu, Count Bass D, J*Davey, Flying Lotus, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Gaslamp Killer. “This has been prophesised for years,” explains Shafiq. “This age that was coming… We been talking about this for a long, long, long time. You're seeing it manifest right now. All these Mohammeds and Buddhas and Krishnas and Jesuses are walking around on the Planet rite now. That’s what you FEELING and you HEARING.”
On the album Shafiq recruits BILAL, Sa-Ra member Om’Mas Keith, emcee COUNT BASS D, London’s lil star FATIMA, Sly Stone soundalike SONNY COATES, Sa-Ra vocalist ROZZI DAIME, and a whole army of musicians and engineers. Created and crafted from intense studio sessions and on-going conversations, this is how albums used to be made – not just a collection of songs, but a message to the messengers: A-free-ka UNITE.
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