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Denise Sherwood - Won't Bow Down (Obeah & Petru Birladeanu Version)

Denise Sherwood – Won’t Bow Down (Obeah & Petru Birladeanu Dem Bow Version)

Denise Sherwood is a musician with a distinctive voice in British music and has a unique musical history. Daughter of Kishi Yamamoto and Adrian Sherwood of On-U Sound Records fame, she has grown in a sound system culture with a big love for dub and experimental sounds. Her childhood was around artists such as Lee Scratch Perry, Ari Up of the Slits and New Age Steppers, Mark Stewart of the Pop Group and The Maffia, Style Scott of the Roots Radics, Bim Sherman, Junior Delgado, Andy Fairly, and Skip McDonald of Little Axe and Tackhead.

Denise reached her independence with Evergreen Recordings, and, with the help of her father, she is putting out her debut album, This Road. The LP is a journey of seventeen years and hundreds of versions of songs that will feature Mala, Lee Scratch Perry, Mark Stewart, LSK, Ed Thomas, and Vital Elements. On This Road, Denise mixes with ease hip-hop, dub, drum and bass, and soul music.

„I am Queen of very rare kind.” Denise Sherwood

„Who conquers all vampires.” Lee Scratch Perry

„My mum, Kishi Yamamoto, is awesome. Her playing and artworks for those first On-U Sound releases are extraordinary. She is creative, but she is also the one who organized and held all the chaos together. She managed to run On-U, and, without her, in my opinion, it wouldn’t have had the success it did, not to take anything away from my dad. She managed the business side of it, she worked with the artists, and they all respected her massively. Nobody messed around with my mum in terms of work. She dealt with everybody, she was and still is, very straight up.

My father speaks very highly of how his career was launched by John Peel, he must have been a very good man, helping so many artists. The Slits started to be known because of him, too. So in our home, we had this approach of promoting female artists equal to men. He was a bridge between underground bands and mainstream success, he has a great legacy. I was born in 1985, and I think my dad was very successful then, more in an underground sense, he had a strong community following, and he was creating new and interesting sounds, putting out special albums, and working with creative artists, that meant my house was a 24 hour, seven days a week studio. My mum and dad were running the label together, and they created a special and unique home environment to grow up in.

I got many memories of Lee Perry, one of my earliest ones is with him. I still remember it clear he had set the lights so he can entertain me with shadows on the wall made with his hands. He absolutely terrified me, he was a monster on the wall. Those cool pictures of me and Lee in the eighties in the studio, were actually in our house. The studio was our home, he and my father would work relentlessly on music and albums, and it was all in one big room in Eastham. Years later in the nineties, I remember Lee burying himself in my dad’s garden, one night when we went out bowling. He got all my brother’s toys and surrounded himself with them as he preached to them, he wanted to bury the TV set too. Obviously, he is an important figure in my life.” Denise Sherwood

Petru Bîrlădeanu aka Peter Zaad is a sound engineer/ composer/ producer/ based in Bucharest, Romania with his studio/label NineBarz Music. His portfolio includes film music and sound design for Investitorii, Faci sau taci, Legatii, LoveSorry, Egregora, Odata pentru totdeauna, but also productions for artists like Ateliere & OBC, Omu Gnom, Gilbert, Damian Drăghici, Cliff Kido, Celălalt, Kazi Ploaie, Theo Rose, Doddy.

Obeah is a musical disruptor & entrepreneur with a visual past in architecture, art & design. Sound of Art to Come Records is his Transylvanian platform & record label, where dub, industrial, post-punky reggae, hip-hop, electronic & experimental artists from all over the world are brought together. Inspired by his mentors, Rodion G.A. & Mark Stewart of The Pop Group & The Maffia, Obeah from Transylvania has tuned-in to another frequency, a sound called duppy dub world music. Obeah works with professionals in the music business, Bucharest-based producers Marius Costache of Studio148 & Petru Barladeanu of NineBarz and international veteran world music producers Tim Whelan & Hamid Mantu of Transglobal Underground and much-missed dub master Nick „Count” Dubulah of Dub Colossus. His remix work includes local artists, international sound clashers like Lee Scratch Perry & Dubokaj, Algiers & Zach de la Rocha, Dubmatix, Dub Pistols, Prince Fatty, Ghetto Priest, Transglobal Underground, Dub Colossus, The Membranes, Denise Sherwood, Yann Tiersen, Oigăn & Ana Ularu, Nico G & Kali & Shabbos Ranks.

Denise Sherwood – vocals, composition

Adrian Sherwood – original production

Carlton “Bubblers” Ogilvie – original programming, piano

Petru Birladeanu – production, keys, sound design, mix, master

Obeah – samples, artwork, concept

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