David Boomah interview

I caught up with David Boomah for a chat about his album One World Many Cultures on V and asked him to describe the mission of this album:

Boomah: I believe this album makes a clear statement about valuing equality, diversity and opposing oppression, division and negativity. I love the statement and I stand by it.

DB: Was One World Many Cultures a long time coming?

Boomah: Yeah we took about 2 years to pull it together and another year to pin down remixes and work out how we were going to present it. There was definitely no rush job here but I hope it was worth the wait!

DB: The vibe of the album is indeed very soulful and the global theme is strong. If I was a cynic I could say that this could be all just pretty-sounding, ornamental words. So: do you really believe in the statements of the album title and also the lyrics in the album?

Boomah: I am and have always been concerned with divides; division of cultures, divisions through race, division through religion, class, gender etc. The album’s message is simple: the world is made up of a wide range of individuals and no-one should assume superiority over another so let’s just live and love without placing too much value on the boxes we are put in.

DB: On the album, where did the various vocal contributions come from in terms of the line-ups and performances… YT, Solo Banton, Tenor Fly, this array of people.

Boomah: The vocal contributions came about in a number of ways; all of the individuals are respected artists in their own right and people I am proud to have on the album. Some are friends, some are colleagues I approached and some were sourced by the label or the producer on the track in question.

It was easy to work with all the individuals involved; it was just people that want to make great music.

DB: Pretend I’m holding a stopwatch and you have 10 seconds: what is your fave period of D&B considering your history?

Boomah: It would have to be the early days just before I entered the scene 94/95: the Jungle days. The original artists were breaking barriers and Jungle was a force to be reckoned with. Kool London and the DJs and MCs associated with the station were electrifying audiences internationally. The vibes in the raves were unbelievable. And very multicultural.

DB: Can I get a tune from your past of which you’re very proud?

Boomah: ‘On The Run’ is a track that seems to have resonated with people and I am proud to have been involved in creating it.

DB: My album session question: which album session of any genre would you have loved to have been present at?

Boomah: Last question is probably the easiest! Songs in the Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder. The guy’s a legend and the album is a classic!

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