Heavily inspired by music videos from the ’70s like Earth Wind And Fire’s “September” and Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough,” dynamic Philly artist Dahi Divine (aka Sleepy Dah) recreates an old school feel in the psychedelic music video for his funky new autobiographical single “Awbury Visions.”
“I wanted to write a song about my story in general. The reason it’s called ‘Awbury Visions’ is because Awbury Arboretum is one of the first places where me and my homies started cutting class, smoking, taking girls to hang out, a lot of things. It’s one of the first places where I realized what I was trying to do and who I wanted to be around. We talked about rapping and making music and beats. That’s when I realized that I wanted to be involved with hip-hop and be apart of the youth movement in music, as well as play jazz. Awbury Arboretum is a place where a lot of things happened for me and helped me manifest my vision. And, it was a great getaway for me, in the middle of uptown Philadelphia..” – Sleepy Dah
Featuring vocals from Jill Ryan, “Awbury Visions” is Dahi’s first offering since 2017’s Soulful Stoner project.
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Rooted in his jazz studies at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Dahi Divine (aka Sleepy Dah) expands the boundaries of music for his generation as a writer, vocalist, hip hop recording artist, and record producer. As a recent graduate from his alma mater, Dahi joins the ranks of fellow alumni Robert Glasper, Jesse Boykins III, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and more. Since graduation, Dahi has gone on to record the sax solo on Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Tessalate;” and perform with Rihanna at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, on the horn line of the Dave Matthews Band at the Grammys, and at the Guggenheim with Solange Knowles.
Heavily influenced by the music scene of his hometown, Philadelphia, and today’s alternative and hip hop music, Dahi has crafted his latest recording project Soundsmith, which tells the story of his journey as a saxophonist and composer in New York, and his move back home to pursue his dreams. The record also tackles social issues such as inner city struggles of the youth, being different in a black community and trying to find your own sense of confidence, dealing with peer pressure, personal relationships, and an overall sense of Dahi’s dedication to the art and how he uses it to leave a positive impact.
In addition to his solo work, Dahi is an active member of the JAWS (Jack of All Waves) music collective.