Recorded and produced during lockdown in the UK, Life Is A Gift is a song expressing the bitter sweet yearning for a better world and the struggle for hope in these challenging times.

Planetman wrote, recorded, produced, sang and played all instruments on Life Is A Gift as during the pandemic for the first time in a long time he could not meet up with his band members or any other musicians. It’s a song about mental health and remembering the positives in life.

Based in London, Planetman is a British artist, singer, guitarist, producer who writes Reggae, Ska, Funk, Afrobeat, Drum and Bass, Dub songs with World and Rock influences, and deals with themes of love as a spiritual and unifying force and the true freedom of refusing to submit to a soulless system.

Life Is A Gift was mixed and mastered at MIXED BY ASH

“blends highlife guitars and reggae with earnest folk and brightly soulful vocals. The sounds are varied yet simply catchy; the spirit is infectiously upbeat.” (METRO, London)


“Reggae master” (Evening Standard, London)

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Only love can guide me on


I wanna rest in peace when I’m still alive
Why you wish me peace when I’m in my grave
Life’s a gift and not a debt we owe
And the more you give the more you know that


Life is a gift and not a burden, Life is a gift


Now you talk and talk TV your reality shows
And I can tell you your reality
Shows just how much you love
And oh my children They are dying from your wars
And oh my children They are starving while you feed your greed


Life is a gift and not a burden
Life is a gift and not a burden
Oh life is a gift and not a burden
Life is a gift and not a burden


I wanna rest in peace When I’m still alive
I wanna rest in peace When I’m still around
Why you wish me peace When I’m in my grave
See the more I give The more I learn
The more I know that


Life is a gift and not a burden No no no
Life is a gift Life is a gift
Life is a gift and not a burden


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More about Planetman

At the turn of the millennium, Planetman was drawn to London as a hub for multi-cultural music, and 2005 saw the independent release of his first album Unite! He kept on pushing boundaries with extended live shows and trance-inducing jam sessions, including an infamous 2006 Sunrise Festival set lasting for six hours!  Word of his full-power performances spread, and soon he was tearing up stages at Boom, Glastonbury and Big Chill festivals, Notting Hill Carnival and had a residency at Secret Garden Party.

A founding member of iconic London venue Passing Clouds, Planetman’s monthly Little Blue Ball parties spanned over a decade, and have become legendary for their eclectic mix of both music and people, and consistently sky-high vibes. Seven years running the Sunday Night Jam Sessions at the venue established him as a key figure in the London music scene and led to further work as a promoter of World Music. Projects include founding the Global Beats Festival, which he curated and headlined at Wilton’s Music Hall, and World Music Jam a successful commission for the BBC’s Lonely Planet event.

Planetman’s skill as a guitarist and authentic, larger than life personality have landed him gigs backing reggae heroes, Dawn Penn, Winston Reedy and Winston Groovy. He has taken his inspiriting message of unity through music across the globe, from Budapest to Ko Pha Ngan, and was invited to Tanzania by the family of Remi Ongala to play at a memorial show in the star’s honour. 

Of his second studio album – Love Rebel – the song No One Can Stop Us has been remixed by Dub legend Gaudi (Steel Pulse, Lee Scratch Perry) and acclaimed producer Martin ‘Youth’ Glover (Paul McCartney/Guns N’ Roses/ The Verve) – whose version has been selected to feature on Liquid Sound Design Records’ compilation ‘Music to Get High To’.

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