Kabaka Pyramid is heating things up ahead of his debut album Kontraband. On February 2nd, 2017, the Jamaican artist dropped “Borders,” the 2nd single from his upcoming album. The brand new song features the breakout Ghanaian vocalist Stonebwoy, and was produced by the one and only Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The single is also coupled with an official lyric video produced by Luti Media.
Much like the 1st single “Can’t Breathe,” and all of his music for that matter, Kabaka Pyramid’s latest track goes deep beneath the surface to deliver a powerful message. Creating lyrics with a theme and an underlying message for each of his tracks has always been a priority for the Kingston-based artist. “Borders” tackles the continuing refugee crisis occurring across the globe, and the record number of people seeking a more peaceful and prosperous place to call home.
“I wanted to do this song because we as human beings need to do something about the refugee crisis around the world. It’s a shame to see the levels of separation displayed by governments and people when now is the time for unity. I also wanted to connect with my African family so I’m grateful that Stonebwoy could lend his voice to the song and vision. We’re looking forward to big things this year and this song is the way we wanted to start it off” says Kabaka Pyramid of his latest single.
Kabaka Pyramid’s upcoming album Kontraband is set to release in the coming months of 2018 as a joint release with Ghetto Youths International and Bebble Rock Records. In addition to working with Damian Marley and Stonebwoy, Kabaka recruited fellow rising stars Chronixx, Protoje, and Pressure to contribute features on the album. The project looks to continue and build upon the success of Kabaka’s head-turning 2013 EP Lead The Way.
Kontraband is expected to contain roughly 14 tracks, and will likely coincide with a world tour beginning in spring 2018. Kabaka Pyramid’s team hinted at an extensive tour continuing through the summer and fall that would hit North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean islands.
Sharing his excitement for his fans to hear Kontraband, Kabaka says, “I’m really excited to drop my debut album because the 1st one is the one all the others will be compared to, and I think Kontraband will set a foundation for me for many years to come. My aim is to take conscious lyricism in reggae music to another level and connect with listeners from all walks of life across the globe.”
Be sure to check back with The Pier when a precise release date is announced. Until then, enjoy Kabaka Pyramid’s newest singles “Borders” and “Can’t Breathe.”
Kabaka Pyramid – “Borders” ft. Stonebwoy [Official Lyric Video]
Kabaka Pyramid – “Can’t Breathe” (Official Video)