Audio:- Fuse ODG – Island


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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 realize 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.