‘Food of Love’ is Mensah’s contribution to a compilation album entitled “ A Change is Gonna Come” which was recorded to commemorate the 200 year anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. For this project Mensah joined forces with legendary artists such as the 30 million record selling and multi award winning artist Billy Ocean, Grammy award winner Junior Giscombe, Ruby Turner, Janet Kay and Roachford to name a few. Proceeds from the album are being donated to charities, Save the Children and the Freetown Society, who do a sterling job to stamp out modern day forms of slavery. Following the digital release of “Food of Love” a sampler EP featuring the forthcoming single “My Day” was released to radio which attracted great interest from some of the country’s leading Dj’s, climbing to the number 10 spot on the Solar Radio Sweet Rhythm Chart.
Mensah’s songs can now be heard on radio stations across Europe, America and Africa spelling out a bright future for this rising star. All of this radio play has also attracted attention from the media both online and in print. The Times, Guardian and Blues and Soul magazine have shown particular interest in Mensah’s involvement in the Wilberforce 200 project. Mensah recently recorded “Close to My Roots” with the long-time Roc-A-Fella lieutenant, Memphis Bleek who featured on Jay-Z's debut album.
“Close to My Roots” is a track written for an album called “The African Express”. The album project has been orchestrated by top US producer Coptic who rose to global success with records produced for Notorious BIG, P.Diddy, Snoop Dog, Jermaine Dupri, Faith Evans, Bobby Valentino, Trey Songs, Ludacris, Ice Cube and Mase to name a few. One of Coptic's smash hits was the worldwide number 1 hit “I Need a Girl” with P.Diddy and Usher. The album will offer an innovative blend of acoustic African sounds and Hip Hop drums with confirmed appearances on the album from the unique talents of premiere artists like Memphis Bleek, Black Moon, Smiff N Weston, Dead Prez and African super stars such as Grammy Award nominated Angélique Kidjo who recently headlined at Live Earth.
Mensah has appeared to rave reviews at the Common Wealth Games, Anti Racism Festival, Hackney Volcano Festival, Regent Street Festival, Burgess Park, Brockwell Park and many more. In 2008 Fans had the chance to hear new material from his Debut album at prestigious venues such as Café de Paris, Soho Revue Bar, Bush Hall, Tiger Tiger, Jazz Café and Ronnie Scotts. Appearing on the bill with artists’ such as Beverly Knight, Jimmy Cliff, Alexander O'Neal, Sounds of Blackness and Damage has helped to shape Mensah into the polished performer he is today. The debut album from Mensah is entitled “MUSIC IS THE FOOD OF LOVE” and is a must have for any soul connoisseurs collection. The bulk of the production is from world renowned producer Wayne Brown whose talents have also been utilized by super stars such as Earth Wind and Fire, George Michael, Lulu, Stevie Winwood, Jonathan Butler, Ruby Turner, Billy Ocean and Junior Giscombe.
There are also contributions from the US Billboard chart topping producer Coptic as well as renowned Danish producer Jimmy Antony. The album contains a mix of love songs and songs with interesting social commentary and a strong message. In addition to the songs that Mensah has written for his debut album, he has recorded a song penned by Wayne Brown and 3 times Grammy nominee Jonathon Butler, as well as the classic soul cut “Whatever it takes”, co written by Junior Giscombe and Wayne Brown. Mensah’s sound is a mix of melodic soul, coloured by warm shades of seductive sensitivity. He applies his unique blend of soul that manages to be contemporary while staying true to the soul legends of days gone by.
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