JahPlaka Outs “Minds Of Men”, His Second Studio Project
The rising reggae icon unveils his inner thoughts, charisma and versatility. ‘Listen Up’ was his prominent single in 2018, although unknown at that time, Jahplaka’s rapid fire on his first EP Vitamin C, coupled with mind stimulating lyrics quickly won the heart of music lovers.
Rather than languish, he got to work: “Minds Of Men”, a follow up project veers from the previously admired modern dancehall to a more airy realm of fusion of Afrobeats. For the past two years, Jahplaka’s focus has been on his inner thoughts.
As the lead track “Solitude ” suggests, he ponders what it takes to keep your head up as a young man, which features Shado. This conceptual piece of work which tells of him trying to keep his level of sanity on a beautiful level is an ugly world.
By fusing traditional influences like major acoustic guitars with afro sounds – an enthusiastic experiment with budding sound engineer Kwekubillz, who is a close friend of Jahplaka.
Jahplaka’s lyrical flow underpins his songwriting in songs like “Story” featuring fu artist Marince Omario, produced by Insane Auggie, reflecting how they want to live a responsible youth life.
With his powerful voice, he sings “What the hell are we waiting for” on “Time Out,” an afrofusion love song detailing a no hope relationship.
The project’s final single, “One Man,” explores the struggle which comes with living in the ghetto with little or no choice but to indulge in its ways.
One man charted on Top 10 Songs in Costa Rica on iTunes a week after its release. He simply invites us to a space in his mind. It may look cloudy, but Jahplaka says, “Rainbows float above our heads, even in the darkest clouds.”