Caribbean-Guadeloupe / Swiss reggae artist Cali P goes hard on “Hit Like Gunshot” lyrics written while in quarantine in Gambia, West Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Evocative lyrics flow from a river of emotions related to the murder of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis by the police and the anti-racism protest movement towards change worldwide. A soul-stirring Afrobeats groove by Berlin-based producer Teka (also producer on Cali P’s Vizion) and acoustic guitar lines drive a potent brew of timely poetry exclaiming systematic racism, focusing on the root cause of the upheaval.
“Slavery abolished but nottin’ demolished the schooling system support the damage.” and calls out the injustice saying “there’s been too much unjust ruling” asking “Where is the justice, for those who die?” The artist makes searing observations in the context of his comparable safety in Africa, versus America, building his home as the bridge with its melancholic refrain: “It happened in May….”
Cali P recently teamed up with African artists Stonebwoy & Seun Kuti for “Rise Up and Shine” also produced by TEKA and released earlier this year.
As far as what the future holds for the rapper, songwriter, performing and recording artist, Cali P says,
“We will continue building a strong musical bridge between Africa and the Caribbean and Europe. making timeless music.”
The music video for “Hit Like Gunshot” filmed in Gambia, features vivid images of protesters in support of Black Lives Matter worldwide, carrying signs with messaging in solidarity. The names of many that have been victims of police brutality are listed as Cali P contemplates the global movement towards change from his perspective from the streets of Gambia.