Hawaiian reggae staple The Steppas return from a brief dormancy with “Stay”, a song equally about loss and acceptance. The single off Easy Star Records follows a string of personal grievances for the band over the past few years, including the sudden and saddening death of longtime friend and band manager Kaliko Keawe’ehu.
Not willing to let darkness encompass all, The Steppas use music to step into the light.
“Stay” might seem like a classic love song on the surface, yet it stands as so much more for the band. Learning how to overcome sudden obstacles in life, learning how to cope with major heartache. In order to emerge out the other side, one must embrace despair for what it is — an extension of love. If it wasn’t for love, you would never feel loss. The Steppas have thus turned their life lessons into a lovely overture of personal triumph. “I want to make you a promise,” Steppas frontman Star Alaniz sings: a promise that no matter what life throws at us, we tough it out together. The Steppas has made us this promise right in the knick of time, for 2020 has had its fair share of disasters for everyone.
“Stay” was recorded over this past summer between Hawaii and Jamaica, evident in the single proffering a merge of the two island sounds. Joining The Steppas on the track is Earthkry‘s Phillip McFarlane and bassist Kamardo Blake, as well as Chronixx guitarist Nnamdi Robinson, Buju Banton drummer Keneil Delisser and Sherida Sharpe on vocals. With such an all star cast, “Stay” is a sure hit, paving the way for an eventual EP. Alaniz has already teased more tracks in the works.
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