Ami Faku has made significant progress in the music industry prior to the release of her project.
Her most recent move was to appear on Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Pan African and Jamaican posthumous album Africa Unite, where she contributed a somber, soul-stirring rendition of the famous Redemption Song, joining a long line of classic covers that came before it.
The platinum-selling singer was asked to immortalize the “Lion fire” of the reggae classic after working with other African artists.
“I was not aware of how other people sounded on the album, but I wanted to represent my people back home, which is to sing in Xhosa, and also be able to relate to other people and step out of my comfort zone, which is singing in English. I knew I had to be myself and represent myself to my best potential,” she told TshisaLIVE.
“It feels great to be a part of those who have honoured Bob Marley. He is one of the people that inspire me worldwide, so this has been a great honour and I take great pride in the responsibility I was given.”
Marcus Garvey’s appeal for mental empowerment and emancipation served as inspiration for the song’s deep message, which occasionally exhorts listeners to “emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.”
Redemption Song was included in Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and has come to be regarded as one of Bob Marley’s greatest compositions throughout the years.
”A song drops that encapsulates the signs of the time. Redemption Song by Bob Marley can’t be more timely than now. Ami Faku was selected by the Marley family and shines on this timeless song. It’s almost spiritual and preordained that Ami Faku’s voice and energy lies beside Bob Marley’s iconic voice,” said Benza, chief opportunity creator & culture investor at Vth Season.