On March 23rd, Morgan Heritage will release a Pineapple Wine EP that will include 4 versions of the track, one of which is a remix featuring Fiji and Common Kings. In addition to the EP release, the group will be on a west-coast tour this April with Fiji and Maoli & Nomad on their Island Vibes spring tour.
The tour begins April 18th in Seattle, WA at the Nectar before wrapping up on May 5th at Elevtae in Salt Lake City, UT. There are 14 total dates across 7 west coast states. What we hope to see is an onstage collaboration between Morgan Heritage and Fiji — As mentioned above, Fiji guest appears on the “Pineapple Wine” remix along with Common Kings and this spring tour presents the perfect opportunity for that collaboration to come to life on stage.
The song was originally from their 2017 Grammy nominated album Avrakadabra. We reached out to Mojo Morgan who tells The Pier: “Late last year we performed ‘Pineapple Wine’ acoustically at The Acme in Nashville and as soon as we got off stage we said we would release the song as a single early next year. Ideas started floating around with the team and those ideas gave birth to doing 2 Remixes with our friends.”
Mojo goes on to tell The Pier that: “The title of the song kinda sorta guided us to doing an Island Remix with our fellow Island people. Fiji has been a friend of the family for almost a decade and Common Kings have been our homies for about 6 or 7 years now. Plus all 3 of us currently have the same managers and we felt it best to keep this one within the Regime.”
The song was originally written by Drew Davis from Nashville who lived in Hawaii for years. Mojo explains: “Upon moving back to the states, while reminiscing on his time in the islands, he wrote down some of those moments and memories. So when he played the song for us, his sentiments for the islands became intertwined with ours and we’ll forever share the thought of how sweet the ‘Pineapple Wine’ can be — Be that a lady, the land, the culture or the beautiful atmosphere when in Hawaii or any island laying on the beach.”
Morgan Heritage & Fiji go back to 2009 when Gramps Morgan first met Fiji. That connection led to Gramps producing J Boog’s break-out record Back Yard Boogie and have since collaborated on several projects. As for the upcoming Spring tour, Mojo says “When we told our managers we want to put out a tour this Spring that unites Island people from all over the globe, they suggested Fiji. We immediately jumped for joy because Fiji is what we consider the Godfather of soul in the Polynesian Community. It’s an absolute honor to have him join us along with Maoli and Nomad.”
Listen: Morgan Heritage – “Pineapple Wine”
Watch: Fiji – “My Wife”