We were delighted to meet the enigmatic and musical maverick Jhelisa Anderson, who released her volumes 1 and 2 of “7 Keys”, on her original label Dorado Records. The Mississippi-born singer was a mainstay of the London scene in the 90s, starting with One Little Indian records as part of Soul family feeling. She collaborated with Björk on “Debut” and won a BPI Award for double platinum “Boss Drum” with The Shamen. Massive Attack called her for “Heigoland” and Chaka Khan recorded her song “Death Of A Soul Diva”. It is open for James brown, Herbie Hancock and Roy Ayers, and tour with Nitin Sawhney.
Jhelisa is a true original, always exploring new lands. She signed with an independent label Dorado Records, which gave him complete creative freedom and released his first two albums – 1994’s “Galactica Rush” (with its hugely revered anthem “Friendly Pressure”) and 1997’s critically acclaimed “Language Electric”. New Age ideology has permeated much of Jhelisa’s music production, so a concept album based on her research into the use of sacred sounds of drones in the ancient oriental. Music is not surprising. Now, as the label’s 30th anniversary approaches, Dorado has reunited with Jhelisa to present “7 Keys” V.1 & V.2, an exciting concept album inspired by ancient oriental music, balanced with contemporary sounds, where the 7 Musical scale tones and sound frequencies resonate with each of the chakras.
The breathtaking visual representation of the album is “Atmospheria”, a haunting and spellbinding combination of three tracks from the album “Solar plexus “,” The root ” and “8N Everything.” The first single is Solar Plexus E 320Hz an epic opus in the key of E, which resonates at 320Hz in alignment with the solar plexus chakra of the body.
Leah Marriott: Can you break down your thinking behind the new music?
Jhelisa Anderson: It’s frequency design, that’s what I do. Since my childhood, I knew which notes sounded good, which chords were interesting. Now I know that harmonic design creates a certain field, a certain feeling. It can make you jump and dance, be happy, be sad. It changes your atmosphere, transports you to another place, changes your entire bio-system.
How did the project get started?
I expressed myself creatively. When you start out like I did, off the beaten track, you can go beyond what you’ve done before, take the freedom to be a freelance artist and do something with it. It was the challenge for me.
“7 Keys” is part of a line of black women making revolutionary psychedelic music for meditation, from Alice Coltrane to Pauline Oliveros, what is your intention with this music, is it designed to connect and expand our minds?
I’m constantly using frequencies, it’s about not letting it use you. The change in frequencies on my biological system and my mental state is something that I have become more aware of, it has brought me more control over its use.
The “7 Keys” concept is what I use in my own way to tune myself in everyday. The technology of yoga and meditation is also used which gives me more balance and clarity.
What is it like coming back to Dorado Records to release your new music?
It’s exciting to go back to Dorado and work with Ollie Buckwell again as he already knew and understands the benefits of this technology, it made sense for us to introduce “7 Keys” and its mindful listening vibes to people. People are stressed out these days and I hope that helps ease the chaos a bit.
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