Premiere: Kaya Kenyatta – Voices
Voices is taken from the forthcoming EP ‘A Smudge on the Collective Unconscious’ which takes its name from a theory by Carl Jung.
“ I thought about the way in which our society thinks and where its mindset is and the possible effect to the collective unconscious based on Carl Jung’s theory. His theory was that the collective unconscious is the shared layers of unconsciousness whereby in addition to your personal and unique identity you also belong to certain shared categories such as gender, cultural background, religious background, geographical location etc which all contribute, in part, to your sense of identity, your belief systems, values etc. So in addition to being an individual you belong to a larger community, the history, memories and beliefs of which, are a natural birth right and inherited and play a role in who we are. So I saw the ‘smudge’ as the darker aspects or bad aspects of the collective unconscious, which can have a negative effect on who we are. So i.e. from a western cultural perspective one could perhaps argue that materialism, the desire for money or fame, power etc could be considered a part of western culture, which may have infiltrated the collective unconscious of western society in a negative way, hence the ‘Smudge’” – KAYA
Kaya Kenyatta grew up listening to US Hip Hop and got his first taste from a friend at school with the track ‘Inside my Head’ by Young MC. From there it was NWA, Two Live Crew, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eminem, 2pac, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Biggie, Jay Z, Luniz, Nas, AZ, Camp Lo, Mobb Deep, Onyx, Wu Tang, Redman and Method Man etc.
Kenyatta’s main influences are 2pac and Bob Marley, he loved the revolutionary side to both, and the passion they had to express their frustrations with society’s ills through their music. Other influences include conscious MCs such as Immortal Technique, Nas, Lupe Fiasco, and Talib Kweli who often had a message in their songs, artists with a unique flow such as Camp Lo’s Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede and Snoop Doggy Dogg, and artists who had complex lyrical agility such as Blackalicious, Redman and Eminem
Kenyatta was born in Leuven, Belgium, to an English father and Belgian mother and attended British and International/American schools in Belgium and England throughout his childhood. He moved to Toronto in 2003 after a friend recommended he check out the Hip Hop scene there. He handed out his demo to various people and ended up spitting 16 Bars on stage for a documentary shoot of underground MCs in Toronto.
Kenyatta then attended law school in the UK, got a loan, returned to Toronto and recorded his first album. Kenyatta released his first EP – Art of Rhyme EP in 2015. In late 2017, Kenyatta completed his latest EP, ‘A Smudge on the Collective Unconscious’, writing, producing, making 2 music videos and creating the album artwork. The first single, ‘Time Ain’t Up’, was released in November 2017 and second single ‘Voices’ will be released in May 2018.