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We Won't Lose Hope feat. Prince Fatty

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Having released nine albums over the course of twenty years, the latest of which, We Are Many, continues their trademark dub and Afrobeat sound as well as providing a positive and uplifting statement in challenging times - the overriding power of the music leading the band to continue forward, ever pushing their musical boundaries and concepts.

No track on the album does this to greater effect than We Won't Lose Hope, a call for optimism despite the divisiveness of Brexit, and the uncertain future of a world slowly coming out of a global pandemic.

As frontman Robin Hopcraft puts it:

"Love will triumph over hate and the division, unrest and inequality in our communities, and we need resilience, perseverance and hope to get through to the other side with our spirits intact. Hope is what keeps humans going forward. Hope for our own futures, our loved ones, our communities, however big or small. Hope for nature and our planet, hope for human development so that people's life paths are not defined by where they were born or how they appear."

Getting Brighton based reggae royalty Prince Fatty involved in this single made sense both musically and politically. Wah Wah 45s has a long standing relationship with the Anglo-Italian Mike Pelanconi since releasing their Dele Sosimi Meets Prince Fatty And Nostalgia 77 In Dub album back in 2016. For Fatty the project allowed him to create a typically spaced out soundscape around Julia Biel's exquisite vocals and add live instrumentation including none other than British soul legend Omar on keyboards!

The message behind the music was also important too though, as Mike explains:

"the concept of the song touched a nerve with me. I am of English and Italian descent and consider myself European. Brexit for me is a personal tragedy. Freedom of movement has been lost and for now at least the music we make is the only thing left with no borders!"

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released March 26, 2021

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soothsayers London, UK

Soothsayers have been in their SW2 studio producing their wide reaching sonic reflection of the locality which draws together the local raw materials of 24 carat dub, afro-beat, and deep-funk in compelling style.

Influences are wide ranging and numerous but The Wailers, Fela, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Skatalites, The Specials, Masakela ,Roots Manuva, Massive Attack, King Tubby should not be ignored.
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