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“Sankofa” is a word from the Twi language used by the Ashanti people in Ghana, West Africa. It translates to “it is not wrong to go back for what you have forgotten” & derives from the three twi words “San” (return) “Ko” (go) and “fa” (bring/seek/fetch) = “go back and get it”. It represents the idea that you may have to look to the past/your past self to plan for a better future. The underlying message of this EP is gratitude & is shown most strongly in the EP’s centrepiece tracks: ‘Start From Scratch’ & ‘Derelict’.
“Derrick” in Start From Scratch/Derelict placed all his value on all the external things society says you should place value on: (e.g. money/status etc.) and ended up losing himself via his drug habit, only to end up homeless and alone. In spite of all this, he fails to accept that he is ‘homeless’ and feels he is merely somewhere that is ‘a little less like home’.
Home = yourself ∴ Homelessness = losing yourself. In this sense I feel that modern society leads all of us to Derrick’s metaphorical homelessness because we aren’t taught to value internal things (e.g. family, health, gratitude.) over external things (money, people, status, sex etc.). Society creates the illusion that looking at everyone else is better than looking within - we don’t believe we are ‘homeless’ either.
Derrick neglected his internal values in the place of external ones and ended up derelict - like an abandoned house. But all that means is that Derrick needs to ‘go back’ and find value in the things that never left him - there’s no such thing as failure when you start from scratch.
All tracks produced by S7VEN. Creative Direction - S7VEN All tracks mixed & mastered by S7VEN Album Art concept & design by S7VEN & Carlos Arbelaez Photography by Carlos Arbelaez “SANKOFA” was mostly recorded @ S7VEN’s studio. ’28 Degrees’ recorded at the 5AM Writing Camp.
All Saxophone by S7VEN Radio Jingle on Track 2 by S7VEN Electric Piano/Synth Bass & Lead & Saxophone on Track 1 by S7VEN Skit vocals on Track 2 “Homies FM” by Bridie Asare & Gidds Jerubbaal Additional production on Track 2’s instrumental by Jesse Owusu Gidds = Radio Presenter Bridie = ‘Laquisha’ (caller) Lashawna Rose = Homies FM Jingle Vocals Track 3 “Nothing To Lose” written by Anjelo Disons Track 3 co-produced by Lorenz Okello & MRVN Synth/Sound Design on Track 3 by Lorenz Okello Backing vocals on Track 4 “28 Degrees” by Khai & Akinsoul Electric Guitar, Keyboards & Synth Lead on Track 4 by S7VEN "The Ends." contains a sample from '63 Grams' BY S7VEN (https://soundcloud.com/s7venldn/63-grams?in=s7venldn/sets...) Track 5 “Derelict” written by Rae Levine Track 6 “Start From Scratch” written by Gidds Jerubbaal
All tracks produced by S7VEN (Nathaneal Opoku) Guitar (Track 15) & Saxophone (Tracks 4,10 & 15) played by S7VEN Mix Engineering By S7VEN Album Artwork by S7VEN & Edrin Nkalubo S7VEN was 15 years old during the creation of this project.
Tracks 6 & 7 were co-produced by JLV Tracks 9 & 18 were co-produced by E Double B (@EDoubleBeats) Background Vocals on Track 11 by Isaac Biney (@I_Biney) ________________ Samples - "Genius" samples (Sherane a.k.a. Master Splinter's Daughter - Kendrick Lamar) & ("Fire Squad" - J.Cole)
- "First Class" samples (The Recipe - Kendrick Lamar)
- "Under Pressure" samples (Grant Green - My One And Only Love) , (Under Pressure - Logic) & (Sing About Me - Kendrick Lamar)