Words by LargeUp Crew
Kumar, former frontman for Grammy-nominated Jamaican reggae outfit Raging Fyah, recently stepped out on his own with his first solo release, Kulture Walk. The 13-track album, which dropped earlier this month, sees Kumar pairing his multiple talents – he’s proficient at several instruments including guitar, drums and piano – with collaborators including Agent Sasco and M1 of Dead Prez, as well as seasoned reggae producers like Robert Livingston and Clive Hunt.
“Dry Bones” shows up two times on the LP, first as a saxophone-laced, mellow reggae cut and again in a stripped-down, acoustic piano version. With the ongoing quarantine shutting down large-scale video production, it was an opportune time for Kumar to focus on the latter, creating an intimate visual focused strictly on him and his piano. The video was filmed at Edna Manley College, Kumar’s alma mater, where it was shot by the prolific video director Fernando Hevia.
“I’ve always loved the piano. It’s very intimate, and the conversations I tend to have with her usually get emotional,” Kumar explains of the performance. “’Dry Bones’ was written in this manner.”
Watch the video premiere below.