Kawasi Weston, known to many simply as Kawasi, brings out the best in music with his brilliantly inspiring sound on his debut EP entitled “Let me live.” Kawasi and I crossed paths at Princeton University in 2009 while we were both studying at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs. Meeting him in the arena of academics, I knew there was more to him than just his policy persona.
After successfully completing the program at Princeton, we both went on to make our impact on society. In late 2010 Kawasi decided to give up millions of dollars in fellowship and scholarships (giving up both the Thomas R. Pickering International Affairs Fellowship and the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship) to pursue his true passion music. Kawasi’s motto in life is that success is having the will, courage, and determination to be the person you believe you were meant to be. This sacrifice is proven this time and again in his passion to save lives.
Kawasi’s EP proves that he has used his life struggles as music inspiration. Instead of taking out the struggles on society he used the past to come out with music that lifts the soul. His music is anchored in the three L’s: life, liberty and love. When listening to “Let me live” be sure to walk away with a rejuvenated spirit and clearer direction on how to deal with life’s problems. Speaking from personal experience, the title track “Let me live” inspired me in many ways (helping me get through my thesis while finishing up my Masters in Political Science). It simply kept me going.
The other tracks on the EP are groundbreaking, starting with the first track “Runaway” written about chasing a dream that never seems to get close enough to reach. There is also a track dedicated to relationship woes, “Are We There Yet,” it touches on the ability for a person to become familiar with love all while falling in love. Continuing to lift spirits with the tracks “Believe” and “giANTs,” both records will inspire you to pull from your inner strength, no matter the set back. This album is certain to succeed when it hits mainstream airwaves. Considered an underdog according to industry standards, Kawasi is sure to make a mark in history with his first body of music. This EP is only a preview of his talent, but Kawasi will certainly lead the next generation of young singers forward with captivating and insightful music.
- Jose L. Fulgencio
© Jose L. Fulgencio 2013