SCENT OF CEDAR by Lasana Bandele
Lasana Bandele, Jamaican Poet, Author, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer and Film Maker releases eBook of poetry titled “Scent Of Cedar”. Pre-Order release Date: October 2nd, 2014. The Official Release Date: November 13th, 2014 Worldwide.
Lasana Bandele, Jamaican Poet, Author, Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Producer and Film Maker is proud to release his eBook of poetry titled “Scent Of Cedar”. The Pre-Order release Date: October 2nd, 2014 at a lowered price. The Official Release Date: November 13th, 2014. Published and distributed Smashwords.com (https://www.smashwords.com/
This volume of poems is musical, inspirational, modern, fresh, prolific with absolutely no emphasis on rhyme but rhythm, message, meaning and flow, taking you to love, hope, freedom, justice, politics and places in the sun where dreams roam the streets and mountains, endlessly in search of fulfillment.
Scent Of Cedar speaks of life, of love and desires, of courage, of hope and reconciliation, of joy, of freedom, of human rights, justice and the rights of all, of heart and soul, of beauty and light, of dreams, of relationships, of places and politics. This volume is musical. Heartical. Prolific with absolutely no emphasis placed on rhyme but on rhythm, message, meanings and flow.
Lasana Bandelé, who hails from Catadupa in the Parish of St. James, Jamaica, started writing poems and songs in 1972. He is a student of life who also studied at the Jamaica School of Music and the Jamaica School of Drama.
When Lasana performed at his first Reggae Sunsplash festival in 1990, he already had one hit single behind his name. The audience quickly came alive to the sounds of "Living In Shacks." The Storitela, who had already been making waves locally, was now reaching a larger audience.
Says Dermott Hussey, Music Journalist/presenter at The Joint – SiriusXM Satellite Radio, "Lasana Bandelé is an original whose words and music succeeds beautifully because it is what exciting music does best, it surprises us with the delightful discovery of places where we have never been … "
In 1992 the Jamaican Broadcasting Corporation filmed and aired a one-hour television special on Bandelé, highlighting his music and poetry. In June of the same year he performed at City Stages, a major festival in Birmingham, Alabama, and was voted Best Reggae Act. He also performed at The Chucker and the Birmingham Arts Association where he held a Poetry & Songwriter Workshop.
Bandelé's music and poetry was warmly received in San Francisco. He was a featured poet at several poetry cafés, and worked in association with the San Francisco Public Library to provide a series of concerts, poetry readings for the public. Back in Jamaica in 1994, he released the single "All The Brothers And Sisters Are One" and delighted the audience in his third Sunsplash performance. 1996 highlights his first entry into the Billboard Chart with "Cassidy" on the "Fire On The Mountain" various Artist CD 'Reggae Celebrates Grateful Dead.’ In 2004 he re-released "Storitela" album which was previous released on vinyl featuring other hit songs including “Big City”, Col’ War”, “Subway Blues”, “Waiting Inside”. In 2005 he recorded the wonderful "Don't Wait" written and produced by Grammy winning artist and producer Ray Contreras of Racy Music on the In Memory Of .... various artists CD. 2011 have seen the release of "Love On The Freeway", pre-release from the upcoming CD and his newest single, a classic cover of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in The Wind” on his Storitela Music.
In person, this quiet, centered artist radiates warmth and the rhythm of his poetry. His persona easily translates when he performs live, whether at major festivals or in smaller, more intimate gatherings such as clubs and theaters.