Shafiq Husayn – Shafiq En’ A Free Ka

Last month Shafiq Husayn, 1/3rd of the Sa-Ra Creative Partners, released his solo debut on Plug Research. The album’s an eclectic blend of soul, hip-hop, jazz and electronics with an African spirit throughout. It’s a deep, soulful record and is some of the best music I’ve heard this year. A surprising release that I highly recommend. It also features fellow artists Bilal, Count Bass D, Om’Mas Keith, Daedelus on accordion, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on arrangements and others. More than a solo record, it’s a family affair.

The beautiful cover and insert photos, in what looks like an African antique shop, come from Cover Up favorite Eric Coleman of Mochilla. As Shafiq explains in the video below, Coleman actually helped come up with title of the album after they watched “Shaft In Africa”. The packaging’s design was handled by another favorite, Stephen Serrato.

Be sure to check out Plug Research’s other videos for more insight into the album. At the bottom of this post you’ll find a sampler of the album.

Shafiq Husayn
Sa-Ra Creative Partners
Plug Research

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