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Meta and The Cornerstones / Press

“The acknowledgement and celebration of the past, with a look to a positive message to moving forwards, is the key to Ancient Power. Beginning with the roots reggae track “Roaring Lions”, we are instantly introduced to Meta’s vision as he sings “Music is the remedy to set us free/we don’t need those barriers/we are the voice of the voiceless/destiny is right here”. On the last of the opening trio of roots reggae “The Price of Everything”, Meta sings that the Babylonians “know the price of everything and the value of nothing”. Material culture for Meta is getting in the way of humanity getting in touch with the ancient power, we are getting further removed from our past, as we involve ourselves with the present, and by not respecting the past we are forfeiting the future as well. This is a constant theme throughout Ancient Power and Meta & the Cornerstones are urging an action to be taken.”

“Taking things down in an uplifting fashion it's back to the motherland with African band Meta & The Cornerstones delivering a modern reggae tune that incorporates the guitar-heavy roots of days gone by. With subtle afrobeat influences & crisp modern productions these guys are making some nice waves in the modern roots scene.”

“The contrasts and the traditions of Ancient Power are what make it such an exciting album. If you are interested in what reggae is sounding like in the present, then this is a great place to start. It will be intriguing to see where Meta & the Cornerstones go next.”

“Ancient Power' is solid and bright and manages to balance influences from the Caribbean, the U.S., the Middle East and Africa. Highlights include the upbeat Bound to Glory with a rocking slide guitar, the pumping Damian Marley combination Beloved Africa and the mystic, nyabinghi-inspired title track, definitely one of the fiercest and greatest single tunes this year. A great set that manages to excel the debut album.”

"When you first meet Meta, of Meta and the Cornerstones, he emits pure musical talent and a humble spirit in his 6.3ft slim frame. Then, when you meet the band members of the Cornerstones you realize that you are in the presence of a group that is about to change the dynamic of Reggae music forever."

"Meta & the Cornerstones, a band fusing Afropop, hip-hop, rock and soul music to form an eclectic mix of sound that transcends the boundaries of any genre; "

"For those of you unfamiliar with Meta Dia, get familiar. This young cat from Senegal is the absolute truth. First of all, he’s one of the most humble cats you’re ever going to meet. Next, he’s surrounded by some really exceptionally talented musicians, that gel together onstage. And, he’s got competent management, who have taken their time to develop his brand"

"Globalfest’s contingent of bands based in New York pushed people toward the dance floor. Meta and the Cornerstones, led by the Senegalese singer Meta Dia, played competent Bob Marley-style reggae."

“Meta and the Cornerstones, an international Reggae-Soul band with a distinctive sound will make "Labor Day in the Berkshires a weekend to remember. Leave it to Mass MoCA to ferret out such a distinctive group. Meta, the lead singer, has a voice that is unforgettable, the band a sound that is not only warm, but immensely danceable."”

"Meta Dia est originaire de Dakar au Sénégal, où il commence à rapper dès son plus jeune âge. Il bouge ensuite à New York, où il découvre le roots rock reggae et parfait ses qualités de musicien chanteur grâce notamment à sa rencontre avec d'autres artistes talentueux venus du monde entier."

"Meta and the Cornerstones fuse Afropop, Hip-Hop, Rock and Soul with a mixture of French, English, Wolof, and Fulani vocals. This new original Reggae and Soul sound coming out of Brooklyn, NY is something to check out. With their powerful lyrics and feel good melodies,..."

“It is said that a candle is of more value when it is able to share it’s fire with another candle, enabling the light to shine beyond the present time.”