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Malachi Wilson has released a new music video for his song, Life (Photograph supplied)

In 2003, Malachi Wilson's music reflected what was happening around him.

Burglars killed his father Michael in a robbery in the US that year; Malachi was also struggling due to his own "brushes with the law".

“I used to write about guns and beating people up,” the 39-year-old said. “When you’re a kid you listen to a lot of bad stuff on the radio and on television. That was reflected in the music I wrote.”

It took five years to get his life back on track. He started a company, Essential Cleaning Services, and produces original music under the name Seven.

His latest video, Life, can be seen on his YouTube channel, Seven Wilson.

The song was meant to inspire and empower people during the pandemic.

“You should not make a song that makes you want to harm someone. You wasted all those hours of time to make a song for that? If that is your release from frustration, you need help.”

Malachi Wilson has released a new music video for his song, Life (Photograph supplied)

In the video Malachi drives all over the island, washing windows and bumping fists with a stream of friends.

The markers fly by: Court Street, Ord Road, Middletown Lane, Ordnance Island, Woodys Sports Bar & Restaurant.

“I went from end to end to show people unity,” he said. "Some of these people, if they saw each other would fight. The song represents everyone and how you grow in life. If you listen to the lyrics of the song, it is very empowering, and it has a lot of truth to it.”

Life is also about what Malachi sees as "racial and political oppression". Having "grown up in the Rasta culture", which typically rejects Western medicine, he is ardently against the Covid-19 vaccine.

"This video was created to inspire unity and not let them divide us in the beginning of a [so-called] pandemic. Also to inspire the youth and to show love to each other not war," he posted on YouTube.

Malachi used a vaccine protest held in Bermuda in May, as the backdrop for Life when it was first released in September.

“We synchronised the song with footage from the protest,” he said. “We were talking about vaccine discrimination, vaccine ingredients – because they don’t give you the real ingredients – and medical apartheid. Everyone who was protesting had their own reasons, but we all came together.”

His favourite time to write is often when everyone else is ready to go to bed.

“When I hear a beat, the beat tells me the song,” he said. “I will just get a song in my head. I write a song fast. I think I am one of the best in the world, I just have not been discovered yet. I have a lot of songs. I am about to do another one real soon.”

Malachi Wilson has released a new music video for his song, Life (Photograph supplied)

He worked on the video for three months. Shondell Easton at Just Platinum Productions produced it with a beat from Swagga Beats; it was filmed by multimedia company JROC.

Malachi has loved reggae since he was a child, having been introduced by his Rastafarian father.

Bob Marley remains a big inspiration.

“I love what he stands for, and I love how his music makes me feel,” Malachi said. “My favourite song is Get Up, Stand Up. Bob Marley is in all my songs. He stands for equal rights and justice.”

He believes that the only way to end gun violence in the community is to invest more in children under the age of 12.

“You have to teach children from young how to build themselves,” he said. “You used to have trade schools here. The majority of these kids, they go to sell drugs and join gangs out of the pursuit of happiness. They want to help their parents; they see their mother is struggling. The child either sells weed, coke or whatever he wants to sell, to help her pay the bills. When he gets caught he gets put in jail. Then he gets a record. Then the whole thing starts from there.”

The music of Malachi

Lyrics from Malachi Wilson’s song Life

The system controlling,

The secret that Bob Marley is exposing, listen to the lyrics and see how it is flowing, you will see the system is broken, oh my God my third eye is open.

I was sleeping and now I am woken.

Fight for the truth for selfless devotion,

Get up stand up, for your life.

He believes that if a child’s gifts are encouraged – whether it is plumbing, hair braiding, drawing or singing – they won't have the time to get into negative behaviours.

Life has had 950 views since it was posted.

“Everybody loves it,” he said. “All in all, I say I am happy with the feedback from everybody.”

Bermuda, a song Malachi released five years ago, had some play on local radio. He is now trying to push his music forward and is working on his first album.

“I am trying to go to all the radio stations and get my music played,” he said. “I have it on iTunes. I am trying to work with my gift.”

Look for Seven Wilson on YouTube

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Published January 25, 2022 at 8:00 am (Updated January 26, 2022 at 7:40 am)

Life, as Malachi Wilson sees it

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