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Contributed by: nerfertitus


This album is something one would long to hear over and over again. The expression of the lyrics is accompanied by an array of instruments in a manner so unique that you would certainly want to see him in a live concert. The strumming of the guitars, keyboards, talking drums, etc adds a touch of novelty to the entire music.

The way the voice is situated within the bars of the music pattern tends to solicit more listening audience. Upon listening to this album one would be tempted to categorize it as either jazz, reggae or Afro-funk but you realized its uniqueness independent of other styles: this is a genuine world music album.
Peter Cole has a way of capturing the central theme of his music at the bridge of his songs while the voice and instruments rise in crescendo. “This is deliberate so as to draw attention to the message of the music. “Stay Alive” is a classic example of arrangement the Peter Cole way. In this central message, Peter cautions the entire world about the threat of poverty, Aids and conflict but says dialogue is the way forward.
The CD is available from www.cdbaby.com/cd/petercole - Nerfertitus


I found the songs on this album quite refreshing. The interplay of musical intruments and the vocals combine to produce an original sound. The music is original; not a cheap imitation of others. The lyrics are simple but genuine, giving it a fantastic artistic appeal. In short, I love it and recommend it to those hoping to hear a "new" sound. It touches the heart and soul. Bravo! - Theodore Hodge


Discography

I love you, Dad
Stay alive
Te amo (I love you)
So Say Ba Ni
We want peace
I promise you

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The phenomenal Liberian composer, arranger and singer rose from humble beginnings in Central Liberia, Bong County to become the acclaimed artist he now is.

Peter began his life under the loving parentage of Mr. & Mrs. Nagbe Barchue Cole in Gbarnga City. Mr. & Mrs. Cole were themselves natural musicians playing and singing in a local Methodist church where Peter himself grew up and was actively involved in the choir. This situation presented the perfect condition for the Cole family to ignite the innate artistic make-up of young Peter in whom music was already finding expressions. The passion and appreciation for music was finally accentuated when young Peter learned to play the guitar at age eight.

The humble beginnings of the Cole family was not an obstacle Peter could not overcome in his pursuit of a life of music, his strong aptitude and curiosity for knowledge were also driving forces in his every endeavor.

In 1983, Peter satisfied the scholarship criteria of the Christian Brother, a Roman Catholic Order, to school at the St Martin High School in Bong County . Peter maintained his scholastic standards and his scholarship until the civil crisis that began in 1989. Besides his excellence exhibited during music classes and his active participation in a junior band as an amateur guitarist, he was also a distinguished pupil amongst his peers. His academic prowess was felt specifically in Literature, Physics and Mathematics.

Peter was coerced by the war to school in Monrovia where upon merit he enrolled at the prestigious St Patrick's High School. This school was known for the zero tolerance it exercised against mediocre. Again, his phenomenal aptitude earned him the desired full recognition amongst his contemporaries. By then, he was already a recording artist while running a crash- music program, at the Catholic Mission in Matadi Estate, Monrovia.

At the climax of his academic sojourn at the St Patrick's High School July, 1993/1994-school year, he composed, arranged and sang the graduating class song at the Sacred Heart Cathedral. Shortly before Peter's graduation he became both a trainer and leader of the Don Bosco Beat Band where he taught young people the beauty of music as oppose to the ugly sounds of guns. His first recording at that time became a testament of this philosophy, “Stay Alive.” The album was titled ‘Be Awake.” Stay Alive today represent the title track of that album.

The band was involved in advocacy -- calling for national dialogue on pertinent national issues. This background qualified the band for an ideal partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC on the Geneva Convention. February 2, 1996 an ICRC sponsored initiative brought together four acclaimed African musicians to Liberia. At the Catholic Mission in New Matadi Estate, Papa Wemba, Youssous N'Dour, and Labaja were in a live documentary concert with the Bosco Beat Band. The concert was a protest against the proliferation of civil wars in Africa and the world over. During the concert Senegalese super star, Youssous N'Dour became greatly thrilled by Peter's vocals and later promised to work with him. Today that promised has been fulfilled greatly as Peter is one of the principle musicians in Youssous' studio engaged into composition, arrangement and live playing.

In 2001, Peter contributed three songs to the United Nation High Commission for Refugee's, UNHCR Building Bridges CD and participated in the European tour that covered five countries in Europe France, England, Switzerland, Holland and Belgium which was to raise funds for the education of refugee children. This was one of the greatest moments in Peter's life where he finally had the chance to contribute something to refugees, since himself had been one.

Peter is an experienced musician and a multi-instrumentalist. He reads and writes music and plays the Guitar, Keyboard and Bass. He is an Arranger, Composer, lyricist and a great public speaker.

Peter is a Catholic. He lives with his beautiful daughter in Dakar, Senegal.

His dream is to work for humanity, through his music. He believes very strongly that music is the one universal language that transcends creed, color, race and ethnicity.

On Saturday June 28 2008, Peter Cole lead an array of international and local artists for the grand finale of the anti-rape campaign being carried out for the past four years by the Government of Liberia and the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to educate about the danger of rape and the need to report it to the police. Nigerian Film Star Stephanie Okereke, Ghanaian Musician Sidney and Sierra Leone's Zero Star had all been part of the charity concert to have been held at the SKD Sports Stadium in Monrovia beginning at 11am.

Peter's new album, Rebirth, was released on March 25 2008.