"Tell it like it is" was the first song to be released after Vaughn Benjamin (Akae Beka) passed . This song will be featured on the upcoming compilation Riddim Album "who is King Riddim", produced by Nuno Florencio and Rebelion City Productions and will be released under the Label Da Lion Music.
AKAE BEKA :
Akae Beka is a roots reggae band who come from Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which was founded by members of the band Midnite following a change in their membership in 2015. In February of that year, the former band Midnite cancelled their 2015 tour and postponed dates "due to a life changing medical emergency, convictions, and revelations".
The band's leader Vaughn Benjamin explained that the name Akae Beka are two words that come from the Book of Enoch, cited in chapter 68, verse 20-24.
Akae Beka's first performance took place in Denver, Colorado on July 17, 2015, in honor of Nelson Mandela Day.
Benjamin died on November 4, 2019. in Port St Lucie, FL
He was buried the following weeks in his birthplace of Antigua. Laid to rest on November 25, 2019, following a private family funeral. No cause of death has ever been released by the family or any members.
On February 12, 2020, the Akae Beka band played its final tribute show at The Worldbeat cultural center in San Diego, Ca. Edmund Fieulleteau Performed vocals In Honor of Vaughn. It was also the same venue as the final show Performed with Vaughn 5 months prior on September 23, 2019.
In 2020 Protocols, a posthumous album was released. The Single Tell it like it is was also released by Portuguese Label Da Lion Music.
Many albums and collaborations still remain unreleased.
Da Lion :
Da Lion is one of the most referenced Artist and producers in the Portuguese reggae scene. Artist, Composer, Songwriter and instrumentalist of great versatility, he started his career in 2001 when he co-founded, together with Mugsy LTMS the mythical Portuguese band "Like the man said". In 2010 Da Lion founded his own production company and label Da Lion Music having roots reggae as his main identity. His mission is governed by cultural sharing and awareness through his music, always looking to work with artists who defend the same ideals, such as Akae Beka , Norris Man , Qshan Deya , Fantan Mojah , Rob Symeonn , Ras Indio , Jah Bami , Ras Attitude , Michael Fabulous , Biblical , Dudjah , Rubera Roots , Mugsy LTMS , Kussondulola , , Prince Wadada and many more. In addition, Da Lion also works with numerous producers, such as Bobo Rems, Suns of Dub , among others.
Examples of this are the releases of songs like Tell It Like It Is by Akae Beka with Iyata Safari in 2020, which was mastered by Laurent "Tippy" Alfred of the Label IGrade Records.