Blood Brothers - Andrew and Wadda Blood recording for local audience
ANDREW and Wada Blood — sons of reggae singer Junior 'One Blood' Reid — are currently recording and releasing a number of singles in what they says is a bid to "up their local profile".
The 'Blood Brothers' have just released Gyal a Wine, which features another sibling, Juju Blood, and Cutty from the popular sound system Coppershot.
According to Wadda Blood, last year saw them travelling quite a bit on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to tours in Europe with the iconic Sly and Robbie, and the west coast of the United States, as a result their local market has been neglected.
"We are currently recording quite a bit of new material right now for the Jamaican market. We just finished shooting the video for Gyal a Wine, so that will be out in the coming days and we also have two other videos for Nuh See Dem/ Put it Down and Inna De Club, which we have just dropped," Wadda Blood told the Jamaica Observer.
The set of summer singles being worked on by the duo has a stamp of a number of hip, fresh Jamaican producers. These include Elvis of Sounique Records, Don Corleone and the team from Live-Up Records.
Speaking about Gyal a Wine, Wadda Blood explained how it came into being:
"The song came about after Blade from Social Yaad linked me to say he had a 'riddim' he wanted us to voice on," said Wada Blood, "I listened to it and right away we found the song just like that, no pen no paper."
The brothers are not booked to appear on Reggae Sumfest, the premier local music festival for the summer, but are set to appear on a number of club gigs throughout the United Kingdom during the months of July and August.
Being the sons of a renowned Jamaican act has been both positive and negative for the youngsters.
"There are people out there who hold things against us based on a grudge they have with our father. But the positives far outweigh the negatives... him really open a lot of doors for up," said Wadda Blood.
He listed last year's tour of Europe with Sly & Robbie as one of the highlights of their carrer.
"We played in France, Germany, Belguim, Italy, Portugal, and the Czech Republic at some of the major festivals, sometimes infront of 45-50,000 patrons."