Mustafa releases debut album When Smoke Rises

Poet and songwriter Mustafa releases his debut project, When Smoke Rises, via his own Regent Park Songs / Remote Control Records. The project, which American Songwriter called “one of the most poignant, intimate and authentic projects of recent memory,” exemplifies a style Mustafa himself describes as “inner-city folk music” that finds musical inspiration in the folk greats such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Richie Havens but channelled through the contemporary lens of Mustafa’s modern-day Toronto.

Mustafa was moved to release his own music following the loss of close friends to gun violence. Much of his music is addressed to those departed friends and to his Toronto neighbourhood, Regent Park; a vehicle to honour and affirm the concerns of his community while providing sonic solace for those looking to make sense of their own loss. The video for ‘Stay Alive’ prominently features footage of Regent Park, one of the first housing projects in North America and one of the biggest redevelopment projects on the continent. Mustafa‘s experience of seeing the blocks, community, and culture that raised him transform into something unrecognizable is a story that is playing out in neighbourhoods across the world — the inner city from which his folk songs are born.

Download / Stream Mustafa – When Smoke Rises

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