If you have been to the monthly sessions of Say It Like You Mean It at China House’s The Canteen, you would be familiar with Ksatriya – the multifaceted Penang-based artist. Ksatriya is poet, songwriter and performer who has been a regular feature in the local (re: Malaysian) music and literary circuits. This VIMA-nominated artist has performed in notable Malaysian festivals, including The Georgetown Literary Festival 2012 and The Cooler Lumpur Festival 2013.
After teasing his fans and followers with singles released over the course of 2012 and 2013, Ksatriya today releases his debut EP titled RED. The EP includes eight tracks that are a blend of various genres, namely World Fusion, Rap, Spoken Word, Blues, Hip-Hop and Rock.
The tracks on RED feature Ksatriya’s vocals, be it in the style of spoken word, blues poetry or rap. His songwriting and versing shine through as the music is on each track is arranged to serve as a melodic canvas on which Ksatriya’s husky and clear voice and evocative lyrics paint pictures that very much reflect issues and lives of the average Malaysian.
Ksatriya, who is very much an activist and a vocal champion of freedom of speech, human rights and clean politics, professes to be dedicated to not sugarcoat or varnish truths in his musical storytelling. “Art is in my blood, if they take away my paint, I will paint in red,” he said, adding that his debut EP derives its title from stance of his. In other words, RED signifies “the beginning of a musical journey that promises to take fans on one hell of a ride.”
RED is now available for purchase at http://rebelrhyming.bandcamp.com/. The EP can be downloaded in mp3, mp3 320 format, AAC or other ‘audiophile’ formats, and is only available as a digital download.
*Images courtesy of Ksatriya