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Abijah - Global Wilderness
Review by Abby Kenna
“Global Wilderness” by Abijah is a dynamic reggae tune complete with deep layers of both instrumentals and lyrical content. Though soothing with its reverberating guitars and bold vocals, Abijah traverses through heavy societal issues within this song, eliciting reflection and introspection.
“Global Wilderness” opens into a peaceful ambience, with clean guitar licks ringing out brightly over a warm mix of percussion and accompanying guitars. The spacious reverb on both the percussion and harmonic instruments creates a wide soundscape that Abijah’s emotive voice stands out in beautifully. The lead vocals and guitar carry a sort of conversation, as the guitar responds to the fluid vocals with rhythmic adlibs. Provocative and astute, Abijah’s lyricism compels listeners to observe the world around them in thoughtful reflection:
“Where have all the love gone
The hearts of man have gone cold”
Dynamic synths add an extra layer of texture in the chorus, providing contrast to the soothing soundscape built up in the verses. This more aggressive instrumental addition further drives the message of the chorus as well, for although “Global Wilderness” is pleasing to the ear, it delves into heavy and important topics. The passion in Abijah’s expressive vocals are apparent as he sings:
“A Global Wilderness
Whose gonna see you through
Where there's no one else but you”
This juxtaposition of heavy lyricism and light instrumentals creates a striking contrast as Abijah continues to grow in his impassioned call for change. A chorus of harmonies launch the bridge into an unparalleled point of intensity, fueling the song through one final, stirring chorus.
“Global Wilderness” by Abijah orchestrates a peaceful ambience to deliver an inspirational, societally-astute message, urging change and reflection. You can find Abijah @abijah_music and homejudahmusic.com
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About Abijah bijah whose real name is Andrew Smith was born in Kingston Jamaica to a mother who was a Christian and a father who was a Rastafari and member of the Mystic Revelation Band. As a gifted songwriter, performer, and musician, Abijah went on to win The Caribbean Music Expo CME Award in the year 2000 with his new Single "Revelation" He was the face of The Jamaica tourism board and The Jamaica Peace Ambassador tour that have him speak at several Universities including Oxford, Harvard and the University of the West Indies Among his songs are: "Where Is That Love, Press On and Overcome feature, Kevin Campbell. His May 2020 Released Single "Global Wilderness" written by Ethan Johnson is written like a Novel Movie soundtrack.