Everyone had a great fall during the pandemic and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is to inspire people: Sasi The Don
“Everyone had a great fall during the pandemic and ‘Humpty Dumpty’ is to inspire people to put themselves back. My Second Wave is all about bringing that magic into your life and living your dreams, making the impossible possible and become more vigilant, brave and sure about everything around us,’ says popular Malaysian reggae artist, Sasi The Don who recently released first song from his much-anticipated album My Second Wave. Sasi has spent 20 years of his golden music career promoting reggae and has collaborated with global artists. He is the Asian ambassador for Reggae music. His album is a hope for people to recreate life after the pandemic again. In an exclusive interview with Music Beat, Sasi The Don talks about My Second Wave, Humpty Dumpty, Reggae, journey, and his recent nomination at the Caribbean Afro Music Awards (CAMA) 2020.
Let’s talk about your upcoming album ‘My Second Wave’ that has a message on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
My new album is titled My Second Wave and has a message on the ongoing corona pandemic. It’s not normal for people saying first wave, or second or third wave, the only time I heard this word was whenever I was by the beach. The pandemic was quite stressful and I was wondering, how I could give meaning to this. What if we could put our past behind and learn from it and improve the future? Everyone has a phase in life and probably before the pandemic, it was an early phase and after the pandemic, it's the next phase. In my first wave of being in the music business for 20 years, I have learnt as well as travelled a lot. I have collaborated with so many artists, have been able to visit India so many times, had spent a lot of time in Bombay with friends, at a music studio, etc. And now in my Second Wave, everything just changed and I don’t know when I am going to get to travel next. But the most beautiful thing in this second wave, which I call it My Second Wave, is that I am able to look at everything with a bit of a dream. I tell myself that there is so much we can do with the help of technology; internet and they are constantly connecting us with the world. We are not alone; we are in touch with the world. The world just needs a break, but we humans can’t, we need to progress and prep ourselves for every next big thing. We can’t give up as we got a generation to look out for. So, what we do today with our lives is going to be reflected back for them in the future.
So, My Second Wave is all about bringing that magic into your life and living your dreams, making the impossible possible, and become more vigilant, brave, and sure about everything around us. I think it would become greater once we will be able to have more control over the ongoing pandemic.
Can you tell us more about the very first track from the album, Humpty Dumpty?
My first track is called Humpty Dumpty and has a very special reason for it. When I was working on this album, I thought that I need to create songs that would matter to people. I come from a very creative background and run my own ad agency apart from making music. I was thinking about this whole idea of nursery rhymes and how they have been connecting with people from generation to generation, I wondered about Humpty Dumpty who always had a story that was incomplete. He fell down broke himself and nobody was able to put him back again and nobody told us more about Humpty Dumpty. I then realized if this happened to all of us during the heat of the pandemic in the world today where everyone had a great fall like Humpty Dumpty. While some could put themselves back again, some couldn’t. Looking from a bird side view, I felt that we could probably look ahead of this situation. Hence, I thought of relating our lives today with Humpty Dumpty and let’s inspire people by saying that Humpty Dumpty could find himself back again because he had music as a catalyst to keep him positive. He made as well as listened to music. He spoke to people through songs. He preached about good things and offerings that music brings to people. With this Humpty Dumpty realized that we could make the world a better place.
So, that’ the story about Humpty Dumpty – the magic he creates when he decides to put himself back because when the king's men tried, they failed. What we did not realise that the only way, Humpty Dumpty could come back to the top was by himself. So, the whole story is about inspiring people in the world today especially my fans and my music listeners, maybe they could share this with one another and understand that the Humpty Dumpty song is about you and me and everyone. It is important that we look out for one another.
Reggae music has been a tool for self-expression and spreading love. How do you think ‘My Second Wave will make a difference during this pandemic?
I totally agree with this, My My Second Wave is a full lengthy reggae dance on raga. It has the whole mix of the reggae experience and modern reggae