Arkaingelle’s 2017 album Tru Da Fyah is a soothing and reassuring body of work. When I say reassuring, I refer to the surety of the soul brought forth by the music. Meditating upon the album, ones feels a sense of tranquility and surety that all will unfold as it should; karma is present and universal law is at work.
The album’s opening track, My Journey, is a steady and intimate piece. Born in Buxton, Guyana, South America, and now very much on his journey, having recently toured Hawaii, Europe and the UK, Arkaingelle speaks on his experiences “from the East coast to the West coast; from Buxton straight to the blessed coast.”
The second track, Eye Frequency gives another feel entirely. One of my favourite aspects of Arkaingelle’s music is his ability to utilise word, sound and power to its fullest extent. Eye Frequency, for example - which eye are we dealing with here? The inner eye? The I-self? The Most High?
Crystal clear production from Zion I Kings and Arkaingelle’s attention to detail regarding word and sound is what places this album highly amongst the roots releases of today.
Track three, Herbalist, is one that allows the listener to unwind; a critical placement after the lyrically heavy content of the first two tracks.
Following that, Tru Da Fyah is a testament to the higher powers that determine Arkaingelle’s journey. Lyrics such as “InI a yaddin’ through the fire and we never get burn!” allow great praise and thanksgiving unto the Almighty for protection and guidance through the trials and tribulations of life.
In Fulfilment, Arkaingelle talks of “fulfilment of the law”, which refers to a higher law than ours on Earth and ties in nicely with the followed track, Be Good, where the listener can really feel the passion and confidence in the chant of the artist.
Afrikan Sun, one of the most upbeat tracks on the album, is one that resonates sunshine, happiness and thanksgiving again. An ode to “mama” - his mama? Mama Earth? -, Afrikan Sun features proud lyrics such as “InI an Ethiopian!”, “the whole World is Africa!” and “Mi daddy house rich because he have many Mansions!”, which all tie in to Arkaingelle’s central message of unity, togetherness and Rastafari.
After that comes Beloved, featuring the natural mystic, Akae Beka. This is a serious tune, reasoning on what it means to be beloved within the house of the Most High.
The tracks No Race and No War further reinforce Arkaingelle’s plea for peace on Earth, No War being one of the tracks that really called I to start doing some research into this visionary artist.
The final two tracks of the album, Children of the Most High and Ancient of Days are two meaningful, powerful tunes that require multiple pull-ups. Both the lyric and the rhythm are rooted in the ancient days of Ethiopia, of Africa, of the age-old monarchy of King Solomon and King David.
Arkaingelle uses this opportunity to reassure the listener again that “we are children of the Most High; Ithiopian sons and daughters; Ras Tafari prophesied InI; don’t let them fool you; don’t let them school you.”
All in all, Tru Da Fyah is an instant classic, from the content of the album to the artwork, and I for one feel confident knowing that the Arkaingelle is here to lead us Tru Da Fyah.
Since the album's release in 2017, Arkaingelle has gone on to release two more equally as serious albums, …and Behold and Fyah Can’t Cool, a collaboration with Italy/UK-based producer Sista Habesha.
His first album, O’Pen, was released in 2008, almost ten years prior to Tru Da Fyah.
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