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    Drawing strongly from Reggae’s mixture of joyful, danceable rhythms and socially conscious vibes, the latest album from Vancouver’s Buckman Coe is a gorgeous and downright infectious manifestation of the artist’s spiritual nature and passion for social justice. It is simultaneously his most political album to date and possibly also his most uplifting!

    Featuring masterful production by global/electronic artist Adham Shaikh and musician-activist Jason Kecheley, Malama Ka ’Aina (pr: Ma-LA-ma kah-AY-nuh) – a Hawaiian phrase meaning to respect the land and live in harmony – sees Coe’s almost ethereal, soul-drenched voice soaring over arrangements that draw from folk, pop, soul, psychedelia and hip hop, and singing songs that celebrate the awakening of social consciousness and the togetherness of those who are fighting for a better world.

    “Carnival Ride” is a joyously catchy number about First Nations and non-aboriginal people coming together to protest pipeline expansion. Originally written on ukulele, the final arrangement incorporates global rhythms, soulful vocals and hip hop passages to help drive home its message about the destructive nature of capitalism.

    “False Flags” is an equally “big” sounding song that calls out world leaders for perpetuating violence against their own people and turning the populace against false enemies in order to distract from their corporate agendas.

    And “World Waking Up” and “Jah People” are both funky tracks that celebrate those who are joining social justice movements, while questioning whether it’s enough.

    The album also contains plenty of tracks that are less directly political in nature.

    There are songs about love, desire, and giving each other courage in uncertain times. There's another about a community losing a promising, vibrant young man and the desire to make sense of or derive inspiration from tragedy.

    The title track is a tribute to Coe’s “spiritual home” of Hawaii. It speaks of the importance of finding natural environments that replenish us, and of the need to respect the traditional occupants of the land.

    The final track is a psychedelic journey of personal awakening.

    Coe himself is a living manifestation of the values he sings about.

    Born in London, England but raised in Edmonton, he moved back to England at 17 to do a degree in Economics and Geography at the University of Leeds, focusing on economic inequality. He then moved to Colorado to study counselling psychology at the Buddhist University Naropa.

    Coe went on to teach yoga and work with people with special needs and mental health issues – all the while playing music, as he had throughout his life.

    He released a home-made folky debut in 2009, followed it up in 2012 with By the Mountain’s Feet, and in 2013 with an EP that hinted at the more Reggae-influenced sound of Malama Ka ’Aina.

    Though Coe has never chased after acclaim, it has followed him nonetheless, the demand for his albums and live performances quickly growing to the point where he had to give up his day jobs and devote himself full-time to music.

    Readers of WE Vancouver named his band the Best Band in Vancouver, and readers of the Georgia Straight voted it the second best indie band.

    With the release of Malama Ka ’Aina, Coe stands to become even more celebrated by those who love him and much better known among those who don’t.

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lyrics

How long have I been asleep
I feel you watching as I blink back to reality
So give me some love,
I know of the ways that I’ve gone astray
Oh, I’ve been living as it comes
Come what may

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!

Oh my eyesight hard when it’s breaking up for me
To watch as the world runs straight towards emergency
Love, come summon up our courage please
Or we won’t be living in a fertile Eden’s ease
Tell me how to work for the peace we need
I put my heart on the line, strive for the light
To see you as me

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!

I won’t ever say that rage is not a state of mine
For there’s a war of attrition, and enslavement of our minds
Oh, when the love comes in, it’s still hard enough for me
Oh, to live for life for a world of peace
But life will return with the rising of the sun

If the world could wake up
The world will wake up
The world’s waking up from it’s collective dream
Love is the simplest thing!
Love is the simplest thing!

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from Malama Ka 'Aina (Respect the Land), released September 25, 2015

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Buckman Coe Vancouver, British Columbia

Conscious Roots and Soul Musician. Folky beginnings, evolving into Americana, World, Reggae, Psychedelic Adventures. Uplifting and Hopeful, Messaging from the Heart. Peace for Earth's People.

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