NEW MUSIC: Sizzla
DANCEHALL VETERAN Sizzla has announced that he is to release a new album later this year.
Messiah, which the 36-year-old has described as a "spiritually-conscious album", is in the final stages of production although no release date has been set.
"It's already being mixed and mastered. It's a spiritual-conscious album for the people," he told the Jamaica Gleaner.
"I've always wanted to label my albums with great titles like Black Woman and Child, Thank You Mama, and now The Messiah is coming," he said.
"This is just a solo album with Sizzla - pure Sizzla."
In his 22-year career, Sizzla, born Miguel Orlando Collins, has won critical acclaim and enjoyed commercial success, has released an estimated 65 albums.
On the ability to constantly deliver powerful, soul-stirring music, he explained, comes from a meta-physical link he shares with his fans and his penchant for reaching out to the wider community.
"I think it's a spiritual connection and the physical beauty around the fans, being able to be reached at times when you have community services and charitable works, playing and being a part of activities in and around your community and being consistent in recording and just showing the love, highlighting the people of the world, showing them right from wrong; they really like that and I think that's what has kept Sizzla going."