Queensland Music Award winning, world music act Highlife latest offering is the video clip for their new track 'Sing My Soul (featuring Bassidi Koné)', which scenestr is delighted to premiere today.
The Sunshine Coast group is built around singer-songwriter Hayden Hack, who was raised in South Africa and the UK by professional musician parents.
The genesis of 'Sing My Soul' (which was mixed by Paulie B, an ARIA Award-winning producer) occurred after Hayden's guided experience with ayahuasca, an ancient South American medicine.
“The journey was shared with a group of people from different walks of life, all looking for answers to help them to overcome past trauma or searching for opportunities for personal growth," Hayden says.
"Everybody voiced their desired healing affirmations to the group and almost everybody had very similar insights - that we are all connected by a need to express our emotions and to be heard and acknowledged and ultimately, loved."
The 'Sing My Soul' video clip is a psychedelic peak into the band’s musical journey featuring a mash-up of live footage as well as the guy's clowning around in the studio where they’ve been recording their album.
The song and video clip also feature virtuoso West African musician Bassidi Koné, a master of the djembe and the traditional Malian instrument the Balafon.
While touring together in 2018, the band invited Bassidi to collaborate on some of their tracks. "Working with Bassidi in the studio was a master class’," guitarist Paddy Kiernan says.
"The guy is next level, his rhythmic and melodic sensibility added a whole new depth to our songs; we are very lucky to have the opportunity to work with him."
Highlife are continuing to work on their debut album, with more tracks to be released during the year as well as tour dates and festival appearances to be announced soon.