Irie Maffia turns 10 years old this year, and they can add another great achievement to their CV – their song “Easy As One Two Three” has been selected as the official anthem of the 2015 Sziget Festival! The song, which will be included on the band’s next album, is not just a series of notes, but has a message, too. According to Sena, the Irie Maffia’s voice, it tells you that “whatever the feeling might be, good or bad, if you speak it out you set it free, and you set yourself free as well”. The tune is the work of Élö Márton and Horváth Gáspár, and the lyrics were written by Dagadu Sena and Kéri András.
Irie Mafia was formed in Hungary in 2005. Their music is a mixture of reggae and dancehall, with a dash of hip hop, funk and rock mixed into it. Their notable festival appearances in Europe include participation at the My City Budapest Festival in Amsterdam and a festival celebrating the end of World War I in Rovereto, Italy.
The Sziget Festival always chooses songs by popular local bands for its anthem. In 2013 they chose the Punnany Massif song “Szabadon” (loosely translates to “being free”), while in 2014 they chose Together by Ivan and the Parazol.