February 1, 2014 marks the release of Pruda Bass Walkman’s fourth album, “Pruda Bass, Caregiver”. Long before embarking on a solo career, the Oakland singer/songwriter established himself on the Bay area music scene as a talented bass player, the Bay Area Gospel Academy’s 1997 Best Gospel Bassist of the Year.
“I specialize in roots, reggae, music for the people, and I am a gospel bassist,” says Pruda.
A native San Franciscan, he relocated to Oakland eighteen months ago after spending some time in Los Angeles.
“The Bay Area is a fantastic people place to be,” says Pruda. “The people are so open, with love for roots pure music that flows just like a river. I travel all over the world and I am very grateful. I love the Bay Area.”
Prudah played with established musicians such as Ralston Grant of the Twinkle Brothers, Lester Fari of Abyssinians, Shaka Man, Karen Grant, Emmit Powell and the Gospel Elites. Fabio, Reggae Motion, Sister I Live. As a member of Emmet Powell’s band he performed in high profile venues overseas including the Syndey Opera House In Australia and Helsinki Arena in Finland, performing in over one hundred European cities.
“The time is right for me to sing to the people,” says Pruda. “Positive vibes, fun for everyone.”
“Prudah Bass, Caregiver” will be his fourth solo album. With names like “Conflict Avoidance,” “Caregiver,” “Mama,” and “Praise Him,” the songs on the album cover spiritual and family themes, and convey Pruda’s message of peace, love, and care for one’s fellow man. Asked what inspired him to create the album, he said:
“What inspired me is the gift of caregiving; being able to assist people with issues. Just praying, giving thanks and praise to the most high through music, voice, and deeds in helping my brother and sister. We’re all brothers and sisters.”
Pruda’s solo debut was eleven years ago, after which he returned to performing reggae and gospel music with a variety of secular acts, as well as with his church, Tabernacle Faith Baptist Church in San Francisco. Three years ago, he committed to pursuing a career as a solo artist, redoubling his efforts. As a result, he has been very active in the recording studio. This prolific artist has released an album every single year since 2012.
Once announced, details on his release party and tour schedule will be posted to his website.