With the release of On a Wave, one can add Dahi Divine to the short list of jazz artists that dares to expand its boundaries. On A Wave is a song that Dah wrote to show the fun, light-hearted side of his artistry.  The video for On A Wave, which he produced, is a visual representation of Dah’s summer experiences that match the summertime feel of the music.

Divine, whose rap handle is Sleepy Dah, makes music that combines elements of jazz with hip hop, trap, funk and R&B genres embraced by his generation of music listeners.  His mission to move the music forward simultaneously put him in the cross-hairs of the jazz purists and catapulted him in the direction of younger audiences as a conveyor of enlightened, hip hop instrumental compositions.

 

Dah is making his way onto the urban music scene as a musician, writer, composer, rapper and producer of hip-hop beats created with live instrumentalist.  Until these recent hip-hop projects, Divine was better known as a dynamic tenor saxophonist, prolific composer and jazz bandleader that paid his dues in the New York jazz scene.  His performances include the horn line of the Dave Matthews Band during the Grammys, with Rihanna at the MTV Video Music Awards, with Solange Knowles at the Guggenheim and many others notable headliners.  Another fun fact about Divine is his 30 second scene-stealing sexy sax solo on the Ellie Goulding cover of Tessellate.

Divine's discography includes his new single "On A Wave",  and several hip-hop projects during the last two years.  The single "Awbury Visions", released in August 2018, the epk Soundsmith”, which features the popular single Sway My Way”, and  his second epk release, “Soulful Stoner”.   In 2015 Divine released and received critical acclaim for “The Element”,  a modern jazz album and his recording debut.  Like his hip-hop projects, The Element includes all original compositions.

 

Currently Divine is creating and releasing new music, performing and pursuing his Master's degree in Jazz Performance at Temple University  and representing his hometown Philly.

Soundsmith

Sleepy Dah

I wanted to create a project that represents my experiences as a young artist and musician that expresses all the trials, life lessons and memorable moments in my life so far. Music has given me everything I have, so I wanted to give my all to this record. From the production standpoint and the songwriting, I really focused on a sound that could relate to the culture of my generation. Plus, the music incorporates all of the information and music passed on from the generations of musicians and influences passed down to me. This record attempts to tackle social issues such as inner city struggles of the youth. Topics include; being different in a black community and trying to find your own sense of confidence, dealing with peer pressure, speaking on relationships that ended when I moved away from New York, and an overall sense of my dedication to the art and, how I can leave a positive impact through it.

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  1. 1 Smithin 03:06 Info
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  2. 2 In A Time Of Favor 03:51 Info
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  3. 3 Light The Fire 05:42 Info
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  4. 4 Sway My Way 05:10 Info
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  5. 5 Directed UP 05:32 Info
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  6. 6 Hidden Power 04:16 Info
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  7. 7 Forever 04:45 Info
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  8. 8 Own Cloud 05:06 Info
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  9. 9 I Know 03:41 Info
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