Kingston To LA had the privilege to talk it up with one of LA's premiere roots, lovers rock, reggae, dub and dancehall deejay's, Selecta 7. We fell hard for his most recent project, Conscious Ganja Mix, and got the chance to check in on the recent happenings with the selector:
The ganja-loving mix is hosted by Jamaica's own, Keznamdi, a budding star in the island's roots reggae revival. Keznamdi sets the mood in the introduction by getting the listener ready to understand the truth of herb and it's higher purpose. The mixtape is Selecta 7's second to be sponsored by iApparel clothing, the first being, The Reggae Mystic Mix. Featured on the Conscious Ganja Mix, is a Selecta 7 original production titled, "Ganja Bizness Riddim." We asked what was the mission behind the mixtape and he responded with:
"The idea was to do a mix that spoke to the spiritual, medicinal, political, commercialization and human rights injustice aspects of the cannabis topic. After a long conversation with an amazing artist and friend of mine, King Mas, I conveyed the idea for the mix and sent him my remake of a classic Prince Jazzbo Riddim known as “Sensi Addict”. From there, King Mas worked his magic and gave life to the track when he wrote the tune, “Big Ganja Business,” which very accurately conveyed the message I was going for with the Conscious Ganja Mix. So was born the "Ganja Bizness Riddim" with 7 artists total, all featured on the mixtape."
Selecta 7 has always been a longtime supporter and fan of Keznamdi's music. The two met when he opened for the singer at Reggae On The Mountain, from there Selecta 7 then brought Keznamdi to perform at the Dub Club. After that link, they were sure to work together. The duo have a new tune dropping in the near future. We'll keep you updated.
With many new songs to be discovered throughout the mix, we recommend you listen and get ready to be elevated. You can find more of Selecta 7's productions on iTunes and by logging onto his website, Selecta7sound,com.
You can also catch him at one of his three weekly residencies, always spinning the freshest tracks, Reggae Thursdays at West End in Santa Monica, Culture Clash Fridays at Medusa Lounge and Reggae Love Sundays at the Broadway Bar in Downtown L.A.
Selecta 7 and Keznamdi will be heading up north to the selectors old stomping grounds, Nov. 18th, for a show in Santa Cruz at Moe's Alley! Check Keznamdi's tour dates here.
Now we know. Burn one down to the "Conscious Ganja Mix," and press play below:
*Featured photo courtesy of Selecta 7 taken by David Koizumi.