Pop-Soul duo, HEЯITAGE, releases their innovative cover of Damian Marley’s single “Speak Life”. Band members, Hannah Eggen (singer-guitarist) and Gianluca (saxophonist-vocalist), are based in Southern California, but they’re both native Bermudians, and they make music that reflects their background. New wave, hip-hop, reggae and Caribbean music, electropop, blues, Afrobeat and punk – it’s all part of the unique sound they’ve developed. They are currently completing a debut album with producer Tommy D. Daugherty [Prince, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, many others], scheduled for an early 2019 release; but until then, “Speak Life” stands as an example of the kind of heat this pair can generate.
Their “Speak Life” music video, directed by Brandon Lee, is set along Santee Street. Which is home to Downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District. This busy street is chalk full of countless clothing shops, salespeople hawking merchandise from all over the world, bridal gowns, wigs, American blue jeans, dresses from Africa and Asia, cheap shoes, expensive handbags – it’s all there. Essentially, it’s about as good a demonstration of the multicultural essence of Los Angeles as anybody could ever find. Lee’s beautifully-shot clips, echoes Damian Marley’s memorable video as well. In the Marley clip, the reggae singer wanders through the colorful streets of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, periodically turning the camera on the residents in a gesture of solidarity and identification. HEЯITAGE does the same in Los Angeles. Eggen and Gibbons are completely at home under the neon lights and gaudy shop signs of the Fashion District – they seem to know everybody they pass by on the street. The action even stops to allow a vendor to make a pitch for the shoes he’s selling. Gibbons stands by his side, a huge, welcoming smile on his face.
And, although they’ve written plenty of dazzling songs of their own, “Speak Life” showcases their interpretive skills. Marley’s original is intimate, driven by hand percussion and acoustic guitar; HEЯITAGE reimagines the song as a sleek, mysterious exercise in contemporary R&B, complete with skittering hi-hat, low, ominous analog synthesizer, and a moody sax solo. Yet the fundamental optimism of “Speak Life” – its message of empowerment against the odds – is present in both versions.
We chose to cover Speak Life due to the power behind the lyrics. We live in a world that could use as much positivity as possible, and what is more uplifting than speaking life? Being islanders from Bermuda, we’ve grown up listening to Damian Marley, really the whole Marley dynasty. The Marley’s just have a way of expressing the complexity of life into simple melodies and chord changes, which really penetrates the hearts of the listeners. The music is just timeless. It was an honor to put our own spin on this masterpiece. Much love and respect to Damian Marley for doing his part in uplifting our world through music. – HEЯITAGE
This Bermudian pair has clocked 30+ performances across the west coast and Bermuda since January of this year, and are gearing up to perform at the Mesa Music Festival in Arizona on November 10th following their performance at the Bermuda Reception on October 18 in Miami. Members of the band have worked with and opened for artists such as Carlos Santana, Wyclef Jean, DJ Khaled, The Madden Brothers, Wayne Wonder, Nico & Vinz, Natasha Bedingfield and Sam Smith. This year alone the dynamic outfit HEЯITAGE has generated 125,000+ engagements across digital platforms as new fans find and experience their music. For more information regarding the band you can visit their website at www.htgmusic.com. In addition, you can visit this link to subscribe to their YouTube channel: