The Power of the Sound of Music

I was born and raised in Ghana, West Africa, surrounded by a culture in which music played an integral role in society. My family was pretty religious and we often participated in church activities. When I was about 12 years old, I remember being at church one Sunday and someone playing an acoustic guitar during the service. I was totally mesmerized by the sounds from his fingers plucking the nylon strings.

There was something about the combination of chords in the minor mode played by the guitarist that struck me on a spiritual level and opened up my consciousness as a young child. It lifted me temporarily above all the problems that my family and I faced each day and stirred up emotions deep within my heart.

I remember thinking to myself that I could have the same positive and emotional impact on others through music. From then on, I had a driving desire to learn how to play the guitar. I wrote my first song at age 13 after learning few chords on the guitar. I joined a music group in the church and years later formed a pop band in college.

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After graduating from college and relocating to the US in 2000, I developed my own unique style of music—a blend of Reggae and West African Highlife music. It has been described as threading together English and West African lyrics for a bright and captivating sound. Despite many challenges and pitfalls along the way as an immigrant to the US, I followed my dream of pursuing music.

In 2005, I signed my first record deal with Running Dream Records out of Montreal, Canada. I won first place in the International Song Writers Competition for the title track of my first solo album, entitled “Run.” This song was also featured on the 2006 FIFA video game and 2007 cricket game by EA Sports, and won the Best Fusion Song in 2009 at the Independent Music Awards. My second solo album, “African Gate,” was released in 2010 with great received many great reviews and support from my fans.

Since “African Gate,” I have formed a new band called Selasee & the Fafa Family (Fafa meaning peace in my native dialect). Working with this new project, we recently released my third album in 2015 — “Time for Peace.” This album features a title track produced by Aston Family Man Barrett, bassist and music director for Bob Marley and The Wailers.

But looking back at all this, none of it really matters… It’s not about awards, fanfare or number of albums sold. What music is really about for me is seeing the impact it has on people first hand. To be one of the small percentage of people who gets to live behind the curtain and create something that helps people see past differences, feel love, escape their problems and be free. This is what makes it all worthwhile. But perhaps more importantly, it is YOU, the listener, that makes my music matter. I look forward to this continued journey of music with all of its ups and downs and hope that you will be a part of it with me.

If you’d like to hear the most recent milestone of that journey, click here to listen to my latest album, “Time For Peace.” Thank you for being a listener and for making it happen.

Blessed love,
Selasee

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