Los Angeles, USA

Maritime Expressions


Behind the Music

While reading Ian’s reporting, I was shocked by the lack of empathy many faced while at sea. Many of the stories were heartwrenching, with broken promises becoming a cornerstone to lure the innocent into a dark and deadly imprisonment. 

Most of my compositions exude feelings of love, joy, peace and hope, so the challenge with this project was constructing a heartbreaking narrative that reflected the contents of the book while maintaining authenticity. The Outlaw Ocean was rich with a range of emotions, which I found to be a catalyst in music writing. In bringing an awareness to the reality of injustice that goes unknown to the masses, The Outlaw Ocean Music Project has rejuvenated my artistry to seek a higher purpose in the creation of my music. While I hope listeners feel a sense of peace that surpasses understanding, I also wanted to create something that moved them to be more benevolent and intentional in their actions. 

About Kowrites

Kowrites is the artist project founded by musician, songwriter and worship leader Kolomona Ku.  The heart behind Kowrites music is that every composition is a creative collaboration with God. From ambient devotional music to solo piano and lo-fi beats, listeners attest Kowrites tracks as evoking emotions of joy, love, peace, hope and healing.

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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