The African Bonfire Studio is proud to announce the release of a new song titled Look To You by Jamaican superstar Etana featuring one of Kenya most iconic voices Dan Aceda.
Wonderfully crafted arrangement and melody construction of Look To You allows the soaring vocals of Etana to shine through.
In her own words “It’s always interesting working with someone from another country. There’s a vibe,” Etana said, “I introduce them to my culture and they introduce me to there’s though we may be already known in our areas”
Dan Aceda’s own performance in this song is as soulful and emotional as he’s ever been. It’s evidence of the exponential growth that his sound has achieved since his last record in how his soulful smooth style dovetails with Etana’s power.
“I have always admired Etana and really followed her music. So I wanted to work with her for a long time. When my team reached out and sent her the demos and her team got back. We sealed the deal when she was here earlier this year,” Dan said.
He continued saying that getting the project underway and completing it was not as easy, “It was as complex as all collabos. Scheduling alone was maybe two weeks of our lives. But because of the high skill levels on both sides, things eventually started flowing and we finished it in two days.”
This song was recorded in both Nairobi and Jamaica and mixed and mastered to the highest international standards. The video was also shot in multiple locations in both Kenya and Jamaica and was directed by award-winning Kenyan filmmaker Robby Bresson. It features work by Jamaican filmmaker Mykal Cushnie who has worked with other superstars such as Sean Paul, Popcaan and others. The final cut and sync was done by prolific Kenyan outfit Team Mistari.
The song is the lead single off Dan Aceda’s upcoming album and is immediately available on all digital outlets for streaming and download worldwide including Itunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, TIDAL and many others.
Additionally, in Kenya, Look To You is available on waabeh.com for download and streaming. We are excited to make this unique Nairobi to Jamaica offering to the world at this time and look forward to many more collaborations of this nature to come.
Watch the video here…
The project “I look to you” is a collaboration between Etana from Jamaica and Dan Aceda from Kenya.
The talented Etana whose name translates to mean “The Strong One” has consistently tackled real issues through her music and her messages are a force to be reckoned with. Crooning of oppression and injustices against all people, Etana never fails to motivate and inspire her audience. www.etanathestrongone.com
Dan Aceda Bio
Dan Aceda is a Kenyan Singer Songwriter known for his penchant for sweet melody and unique storytelling. He has produced three studio albums and has played at concerts all over the world including the US and Europe, East Africa, Malawi and more. He is listed among the most iconic voices from Kenya in recent years and performs regularly to full venues in Nairobi and other parts of the world.
About African Bonfire
The AFRICAN BONFIRE is a media and entertainment company with the proven capability to provide some of Kenya’s most popular entertainment events including The A-ffair, The Tyranny of Benga and Sayari Live Experience. We deal in talent management, event organization and logistics as well as provision of entertainment services with a one of a kind policy of providing consumers with the broadest possible variety and access to new content. We also have a strong commitment to supporting high-quality content development and marketing across all platforms including live, film, television, and online.
FULL CREDITS OF THE SONG
Look to You D. Aceda and H Mwakio
BGV Vocals by Muthoni Mburu, Guitars by Johni Machine Gun Wainaina, Arrangement by D Aceda and H Mwakio. Mixed and Mastered by The Herbalist.
Directed by: Robby Bresson
Choir: Anne Aradi, Jonathan Macharia, Moses Bwana, Daicy Dolphine, Kevin Stephen, Sheila Rose
DOPs: Mykal Cushnie, Calvin Kirimba, Albert Theuri
Drone Operator: Kiki
Grips: Jambion, Daniel
Transport: Amin Virani
Make Up : Anne Mwai
Executive Producer: Muthoni Mburu