Recording artist ALPHA CENTAURI has announced that his first single for indie label ROGUE PLANET - the afro-infused hip hop track “I’ll Fly” - will be released on January 20th, 2023 across all streaming and download platforms internationally .
"I’ll Fly” is the first of eight singles already recorded and due for release over the next 14 months - leading up to the release of ALPHA CENTAURI’s debut professional album (scheduled for March 2024).
“I’ll Fly” is an organic mix of afro-beat and hip hop. It was recorded using a real band (no samples or “beats” used). The song was produced by internationally renowned record producer Wes Smith - who also owns the ROGUE PLANET label. Edmonton-based, Zimbabwe-born singer Aurah Ariko provides back-up vocals on this track.
ALPHA’s remarks: ““I’ll Fly” is a statement about rejecting the limitations that other people place on you and its a warning to the young and ambitious not to overestimate themselves and to take their time. "I'll Fly" means “ I'm going for my dreams regardless of whether you think I'll make it.“ The vibe is about positive energy with a message. I want you on your feet having a good time while I tell you stories.“
“Part of the chorus is in my native language. Shona as a language comes very easily for me as a bilingual rapper and it makes me unique. If you're not a Shona speaker I hope it makes you curious and if you are you already know the vibe. Rapping in Shona allows me to stay connected to and represent where I'm originally from ”. Translation is on attached lyric sheet.
The single, released in digital format for streaming and downloads comes with a b-side - an acoustic version of “I’ll Fly” that is stripped down to ALPHA CENTAURI’s lead vocal, Aurah Ariko’s backing vocal, and guitarist Cuyler Biller’s acoustic guitar.
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@UbuntuFMHipHop wil publish about this release Jan 17!