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Lasana Bandele looking to sniff success with ‘Scent of Cedar’




Acclaimed Jamaican poet and musician, Lasana Bandele is set to release a book of poems in November that he says will be sure fill readers will many messages of inspiration, hope and freedom as they turn each chapter.

The eBook, Scent of Cedar features 40 poems, including I Dance With Me, A River In the City, Drunken and Your Touch, Your Kiss; speaking on topics of love, self-esteem, discovery and spirituality while telling stories people can relate to in his or her everyday lives.

According to Bandele, Scent of Cedar is a “volume of poems that is musical, inspirational, modern, fresh, prolific with absolutely no emphasis on rhyme but rhythm, message, meaning and flow, taking you to love, hope, freedom, justice, politics and places in the sun where dreams roam the streets and mountains, endlessly in search of fulfillment.”

The eBook will is being published via Smashwords and interested readers can pre-order it on Oct. 2 for a discounted price of US2.99. The official unveiling of Scent of Cedar will be on Nov. 13.

The award-winning poet and St. James native debuted on the Reggae scene in 1974 with the hit single, Hanging Locks followed by his 1976 effort, Send Us Home. Additionally, Bandele became synonymous with Reggae fans through his poetry; doing regular readings of his work on JBC Radio’s Groundings and earned a 1981 Certificate of Merit from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) for his poem Prison.

However, fans mostly remember Bandele for the 1990 smash hit, Living In Shacks which earned mass airplay locally and internationally; regarded by many as one of Reggae music’s signature hits and earning him a spot on the Reggae Sunsplash show that year. Additionally, he entered the Billboard charts in 1996 with his effort, Cassidy on the CD, Fire on the Mountain: Reggae Celebrates the Grateful Dead while his 2004 album, Storitela also was well-received within the Reggae industry; featuring singles such as Subway Blues, Big City, Break Free and the title track, Storitela.

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