Reginald Omas Mamode IV returns with his fourth solo album - the resolute, soulful, confident, sonically sure ‘Stand Strong', set for release via Five Easy Pieces on 25th March 2022.
Reginald Omas Mamode IV stands strong in process, sensibility and message; speaking authentically against our collective future and the struggle of the Afro Diaspora people, the enslavement and colonisation of his and many others ancestors. His clear modus operandi focuses on a desire for peace, unity, love and a revised value system to insight a wider societal change.
“Music, it's a beautiful, spiritual and powerful thing" says Reginald. "It transcends boundaries and cultures, brings people together, it can instigate the worst and the best in us."
Running through 'Stand Strong' are themes encompassing a distaste for humanity's collective responses to the hierarchical systems that the ruling classes have conjured, past abuses and present economic and physical slavery on our and our children’s future.
Throughout, the overall message remains of hope for a better future. There's a subtlety in delivering these ideas and concepts: Afro Mulatto expressions and inspirations of negro spiritual are articulated with clarity through intuitive instrumentalism, raw drums, natty funk bass, soulful fender Rhodes, and Creole percussive patterns.
"Through this powerful vessel we call music, my hope is to inspire love, unity, and raise a positive consciousness and vibration.”
Reginald Omas Mamode IV’s three solo albums - 2016's s/t debut, 2017's 'Children of Nu' and 2019’s ‘Where We Going’ - received continuing critical success from Mojo (“A brand-new-retro delight”), Mixmag (“Peckham beat brilliance”), Record Collector (“Equal parts D’Angelo to J Dilla”), The Wire (“Soul music turned all the way inward”), DJ Mag ("A masterpiece"), Electronic Sound (“Utterly fantastic”) and Bandcamp (“Equally steeped in hip-hop, funk, soul and jazz”). Specialist radio support has come from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, NTS, Worldwide FM and he was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards 2017. in 2020 he joined with his brother Jeen Bassa as Mama Ode on 'Tales And Patterns Of The Maroons', which Mojo likened to early A Tribe Called Quest.
Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell