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Elephant Wise’ background is as unique as his powerful voice. Born in Kenya to a fourth generation Indian father and a Swedish mother, Elephant Wise is a descendant of the Coolies.
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Elephant Wise’ background is as unique as his powerful voice. Born in Kenya to a fourth generation Indian father and a Swedish mother, Elephant Wise is a descendant of the Coolies. The Coolies were exploited workers who were imported by the British from Asia in the 1800’s to pick up where the slaves left off. Spending most of his childhood and adolescence in Kenya, reggae music and culture are always at the heart of his early memories. Moving to Sweden in his teens Elephant Wise found himself at the centre of an emerging European reggae scene in a country that, whilst in his blood, was not keen to accept him. Unable to find the laidback, tolerant lifestyle that suited him in his mother’s home land, Elephant Wise moved to Australia in his early twenties. It was at this time that his interest in music changed from being a keen listener to putting his creative talents to use behind the mic. In Australia Elephant Wise found a country with a lot to offer and a reggae scene still in its infancy. Now permanently located in Brisbane, Queensland, he is determined to fly the flag for his adopted country and put Australia on the reggae map.
In 2006 Elephant Wise independently released a mix tape entitled ‘One A Few’, to positive response. This successful foray into performing led to Elephant Wise working with several different sound systems as an MC and building up a local following.
Being caught up in a hi-jacking ordeal whilst visiting family in Africa in 2009 caused Elephant Wise to evaluate his priorities and decide to pursue music on a more serious level. And so he began work on his debut album.
The positive response to the first single ’21 Gun Salute’ from his upcoming debut and the second single ‘Burning Slow’ led to Elephant Wise hitting the performing circuit, opening for big names such as Jah Mason and Chaka Demus and Pliers and billing at Dub Day Afternoon. His singles have received airplay worldwide including Australia’s own Triple J and he is a regular on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ station.
On his album ‘The Reasoning’, Elephant Wise has worked with many upcoming producers from Europe and New Zealand such as Reality Chant Productions who have several international releases under their belt, High Stakes Records and Not Easy At All Productions. He has also collaborated with emerging UK dancehall star Deadly Hunta on ‘Highest Grade’ and Amsie Brown from Africa and Sweden features on ‘Oman’. The album also contains exciting collaborations with local Australian talents LNX Dread and Elijah.
His 14 track modern roots, dancehall album ‘The Reasoning’ released on 18th July 2009 through Lava Camp Royale / DasVibes Jamaica
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