Picture the streets of working-class East London in the 1980s, where the booming bass of reggae and soul fills and thrills the formative ears of a young boy taking it all in like a rhythmic memory.
That thumping bass, that lively musical flow, it was banging from the walls and pumping through the floors and the halls, embedding its way into the soul of David Mensah. Yes, that musical drug was slowly taking its effect and increasing in its potency to form David Mensah’s lasting habit.
Mensah learned his craft under the tuition of Patrick Jean-Paul-Dean (who’s fantastic rep as a Gospel singer earned him a MOBO Award nomination for Best Gospel). David began his musical career as a prominent member of the vocal harmony group Dark Roses. Together, they were electric, and the blend was tight.
Their debut single "I like the girls" became a hit on the UK underground scene with the video receiving steady rotation on music TV which secured them a deal with Universal Music.
April 2008 saw the digital release of Mensah’s first solo offering “Food of Love” through Universal Music. “Food of Love” is David’s contribution to a compilation album called Change is Gonna Come which was recorded to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the abolition of slavery. For this project Mensah joined forces with legendary artists such as the 30 million record selling Billy Ocean, Grammy award winning Junior Giscombe, Ruby Turner, Don E, Janet Kay and Roachford to name a few. Proceeds from the album are being donated to charities, Save the Children, Freetown Society and the Prince's Trust to stamp out modern day forms of slavery.
Following the digital release of “Food of Love” a sampler EP was released to radio which included Food of Love, Lately, Hennessy, and My Day all songs written by David Mensah. The Food of Love promo CD has already attracted lots of attention climbing to the number 10 spot on the Solar Radio Sweet Rhythm Chart. David’s songs can now be heard on radio stations across Europe, America and Africa spelling out a bright future for this rising star. All of this radio play has also attracted attention from the media both online and in print. The Times, Guardian and Blues and Soul magazine have shown particular interest in the Wilberforce 200 project.
Mensah recently recorded “Close to My Roots” with the long-time Roc-A-Fella lieutenant, Memphis Bleek who featured on Jay-Z's debut album. “Close to My Roots” is a track written for an album called “The African Express”. The album project has been orchestrated by top US producer Coptic who rose to global success with records produced for Notorious BIG, P.Diddy, Snoop Dog, Jermaine Dupri, Faith Evans, Bobby Valentino, Trey Songs, Ludacris, Ice Cube and Mase to name a few. One of Coptic's smash hits was the worldwide number 1 hit “I Need a Girl” with P.Diddy and Usher.
The album will offer an innovative blend of acoustic African sounds and Hip Hop drums with confirmed appearances on the album from the unique talents of premiere artists like Memphis Bleek, Black Moon, Smiff N Weston, Dead Prez and African super stars such as Grammy Award nominated Angélique Kidjo who recently headlined at Live Earth.
Mensah has appeared to raves at the Common Wealth Games, Anti Racisism Festival, Hackney Volcano Festival, Regent Street Festival, Burgess Park, Brockwell Park and many more.
In 2008 Fans had the chance to hear new material from his Debut album at prestigious venues such as Café de Paris, Soho Revue Bar, Bush Hall, Tiger Tiger, Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts. Appearing on the bill with artist such as Beverly Knight, Jimmy Cliff, Alexander O'Neal and Damage has helped to shape Mensah into the polished performer he is today.
The debut album from Mensah which is in the final stages of production promises to be a must have for any soul connoisseurs collection.
With production from world renowned producer Wayne Brown whose talents have also been utilized by super stars such as Earth Wind and Fire, George Michael, Lulu, Stevie Winwood, Jonathan Butler, Coleman Hawkins, Billy Ocean and Junior Giscombe. Another producer on the album is USA heavy weight Coptic who brought Mensah and Memphis Bleek together for the African Express Album. David has collaborated with these producers to write the songs for his album.
There is a mix of love songs and songs with interesting social commentary and a strong message. In addition to the songs that David has written for his debut album he has recorded a song penned for him by Wayne Brown and 3 times Grammy nominee Jonathon Butler. David’s sound is a mix of melodic soul, colored by warm shades of seductive sensitivity.
He applies his unique blend of soul that manages to be contemporary while staying true to the soul legends of days gone by.
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