‘PEACE,’ A New Song And Video By Tomás Doncker And The Global Soul Ensemble
Producer-singer-songwriter-blues-guitarist Tomás Doncker has just released a new video for his song ‘PEACE,’ performed with the Global Soul Ensemble. It’s a fabulous cut from the new album ‘Power of the Trinity… A Slight Return,’ a nod to one of Jimi Hendrix’s most popular songs, ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return),’ but also a return to African roots, blending and bending genres while channeling legends.
The spectacular video, which was directed by William Murray, is a celebration of the legacy of His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie, and a homage to his teachings. With Afro beats and hypnotic grooves, the music brings together African roots, funk, soul, rock, and obvious traces of reggae, while images of Africa blend into scenes of the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Tomás and H.I.M. Haile Selassie’s faces and voices combine together to communicate the same positive message of unification:
‘We must become members of a new race, overcoming petty prejudice, owing our ultimate allegiance, not to nations, but to our fellow men, within the human community’
Male and female voices unite during this uplifting musical celebration, as vibrant as a piece from Fela Kuti, followed by a soulful Afro-jazz solo sax. It’s a high-spirited piece, declaring world peace, transgressing time and borders, reiterating the message of love, and the importance of international brotherhood.
It starts with H.I.M. Haile Selassie, who is revered as the returned messiah of the Bible among the Rastafari movement, then browses through more current events, making the connection between the past and the present, to become a universal message, where sounds, voices, and spirits collide in a timeless pro-peace artistic effort.
The new album ‘Power of the Trinity… A Slight Return’ by Tomás Doncker and the Global Soul Ensemble was released today. It features an international cast of all-stars including BBC Award winner Mahmoud Ahmed, Grammy Award-winning producer Bill Laswell, Selam Woldermariam (regarded as the Ethiopian Jimi Hendrix), African Soul legend Gigi, Nhatty Man, Joseph Bowie (Defunkt) and Josh David Barrett (lead singer of The Wailers), and it is a stunning cross-pollination of hypnotic African rhythms and American Soul.