Blends Reggaeton Flavour With Ghanaian Energy as Fuse ODG Drops “Island”

After becoming the first  Ghanaian to win a  Grammy earlier this year for his contributions to Ed Sheeran’s album,   Fuse  ODG is back with a bold new sound on his new track ‘Island’.

Inspired by hearing  Latin sounds through his recent travels,  ‘Island’ serves up a  cocktail  of  Fuse’s irrepressible Ghanaian energy with a reggaeton flavour rich with energising rhythms and strident horns.  It’s a track which represents a natural evolution from his previous music as well as  an  exciting  taster  of  what’s  to  come  from  his  forthcoming  second album.

The track was produced by Dutch/Surinamese duo Yr$ Trly with RGen a Londoner with Sri Lankan heritage who previously contributed to the early Fuse track ‘Antenna’.

Having travelled extensively with Fuse, the team all gathered in Ghana to record all of  the  track’s  live  elements  with  local  musicians.

Lyrically,  laughs  Fuse,  it’s  about  “going  back  to  where  you  probably  shouldn’t  be  going  back  to!”

“It’s about a relationship that feels so good,  so  you keep going back,” he continues.  “You know a relationship is toxic, but you keep going back because you have good memories of it.  But  once  you’re  there,  you  realise  why  you  shouldn’t  have  returned.”

A  whirlwind  of  vibrant  colour  and  uplifting  island  vibes,  the  accompanying  video  was  shot  in  Puerto  Rico. It was a  Natural choice given the style of the music, and  Fuse spent  some  time  listening  to  the  islanders’  problems  and  working  out  how  he  could  help  to  raise  awareness  for  their  issues.

“I saw how people are  protesting  against  the  government,”he  recalls.  “I  was  seeing  schools  being  shut  down  and  so parents  aren’t  happy.  They  know  there  are  issues  that  they  have  to  face,  yet  the  people  are  so friendly  and  so  nice.

The music  was  amazing  there,  the  food  was  too,  and  I  had  a great  time  shooting the  video.”‘Island’ previews  Fuse  ODG’s upcoming  second  album  which  he  describes  as  “much  more  diverse  but  it  still has that African vibe, and it feels like a classic piece of art.

I’m  very  excited  because  it’s  going  to  expand  territories  for  us.”It  includes  a  collaboration  with  his  hero  Damien Marley on  a  track  which  reflects  the  unifying  call  of  the  Marley/  Nas album  ‘Distant  Relatives’.

Outside  of  music,  Fuse’s current  social  initiative  is  to  expand  upon  the  primary  school  that  he  built  in Akosombo,  Ghana in  conjunction  with  the Wood World Missions.  He  has  acquired  land  on  the  same  site  with  which  to  develop  a  secondary  school,  and  the  longer  term  goal  is  to  also build  a  university  to  help  local  children  achieve  their  full  potential.

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