ALPHA CENTAURI | I'll Fly (Full Band Version)

Submitted by mxlx3, Monday, January 9, 2023 - 09:00. Updated 2 weeks ago

Alpha Centauri | I'll Fly

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. 

Artist info

ALPHA CENTAURI is originally from Zimbabwe and was educated (and later worked) as a lawyer. However, soon after passing the bar and becoming licensed in his homeland, he realized that the legal life was not the right fit for him. He changed gears. He instead got on a plane for Canada with the plan of giving his music career a serious shot.

He made quick use of his new location by releasing a single (with fellow ex-pat Zimbabwean Swisher) about his experience leaving home (“Away” in 2016) which was produced by himself on a 12 year old laptop on his apartment’s kitchen table. “Away” was recently placed as the theme to a feature film, EVELYNE, which will be out on streaming platforms in early 2023.

ALPHA then set his sights on getting in front of local live audiences - performing shows with local hip hop artists such as Moka Only, Illvis Freshly, and Sirreal to refine his craft. During this time, ALPHA began a surge of songwriting - which then continued into the COVID lockdowns of early 2020.

ALPHA then caught the ear of record producer / music industry veteran Wes Smith and acclaimed engineer Justin Hicks. Eightsongs were recorded with a full band between January 2022 and October of 2022 - with the first single resulting from these sessions, the afro-beat flavoured “I’ll Fly” ,set for release on January 20, 2023 on all streaming platforms -  followed by a  music video clip shortly thereafter. .

ALPHA CENTAURI is planning to release 7 more singles from these sessions over the next 12 months - all with full music video clips. Sessions for 8 more songs will start in early 2023 with Wes Smith again producing and using the same band on the first recordings. ALPHA CENTAURI’s first official album will be released in early 2024.

 

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