Meta & The Cornerstones
Proclaimed the next African Reggae Voice, Meta’s unforgettable vocals are complemented by the incomparable sounds of his band. Fusing Reggae, Afro-Pop, Hip-Hop, Rock, and Soul music with passionate lyrics in English, French, Wolof and Fulani, Meta and The Cornerstones’ music is warm and embodying, immensely addictive and destined to forever change the dynamics of Reggae music.
Born in Senegal, West Africa, lead singer Meta Dia discovered his love for music and desire to be a musician at a very young age. Listening to Reggae greats Bob Marley and Gregory Isaacs helped nurture his admiration and true appreciation for all types of music. As a self-taught musician, by age 14 he was performing on the streets and stages of his hometown Dakar, Senegal. In 2000, Meta formed his first band YALLA SUUREN, which means God Bless, was nominated for Best Hip-Hop/Reggae Group by the French Cultural Center that same year. Within two years, Meta had become one of the premiere pioneering voices of the Hip-Hop culture in West Africa. After relocating to the United States, Meta collaborated with artists such as Sean Blackman and Hip-Hop Ambassador Toni Blackman and formed his visionary band, Meta and The Cornerstones.
Inspired by Alpha Blondy and Lucky Dubee, the band channels the roots of Reggae while simultaneously breathing new life into the genre, thus creating what critics have called a “soul-pounding spiritual experience.” They have shared the stage with Reggae stars Luciano, Steel Pulse, Clinton Fearon, Israel Vibration, and Tanya Stephens among others. In 2007, the band was personally invited by Senegalese-born international superstar, Youssou N’Dour, to perform at his annual African Ball concert at the Nokia Theater in New York. The following year Meta
and The Cornerstones released their debut album entitled, Forward Music. Of this work Clive Chin, Jamaican producer for The Wailers, Dennis Brown, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, notes “Meta and The Cornerstones have taken us back to the foundation of reggae music. I’m from the old school and it reminds me of my days. It’s a band that sounds tight and wicked with infectious lyrics. The first album is brilliant, I give it 5 stars. My personal favorite is “Somewhere in Africa”.”
As the band continues to establish new ground, they have secured a deal with record label VP Records that makes them the first African artist signed to the label. Through VP, Meta and The Cornerstones released their sophomore album Ancient Power on April 30th 2013. The album was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Tuff Gong. Ancient Power links Africa to Jamaica by paying tribute to the ageless sounds of reggae preserved by the history of its legends. The 14 track album features reggae artists, U-Roy, Capleton and Damian Marley.
A European album release tour was succesfully run in May and June 2013 where Meta & The Cornerstones shared big stages with Alpha Blondy, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Gentleman and Groundation amongst others at festivals like the Rock 'n Solex and Rootstock festival in France, Afro Pfingsten in Winterthur, Switzerland and Afro Latino festival in Bree, Belgium. Off to conquer new parts of the world, keep a close eye on Meta & The Cornerstones this year and coming years.