Here’s a brief introduction to my new project Kumaka. We will be playing our debut show as support to Archie Shepp at Festival Sons D’Hiver in Paris on Feb 6, bringing pure Caribbean vibrations. See you there!
Listen in to BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 13 January, when after several years of doctoral research into his life and music I’ll be presenting the story of Trinidad’s beloved ‘Kitch!’ The grandmaster and the man.
I met the Brzzvll in Antwerp, at one of Mourad Bekkour’s Nuff Said events where they are the house band. They are an incredible band who have worked together for many years, developing an almost telephatic interaction which is as soulful as it is technically brilliant. Is that Jazz? It is. About 18 months ago, after a few more collaborations, we went into their studio in Antwerp and recorded this album, in a one day improvisational session. You can hear this sense of freedom, this searching quality in the music, none of which had been written prior to the session. The poems were chosen on the spot, some improvised, some pulled together from disparate sources. They even got me to sing! I’m really proud of this album, my second of 2014! There is an honesty to it, some raw emotions in there, and the band swing very hard. I’m especially in love with ‘Liverpool Highlands’, a poem I wrote for my grandfather on his death, but which also addresses the resonance of slavery.
The album ‘Engines’ is out now, on vinyl, CD and download. You can listen to the whole album at www.brzzvll.com
Here are a couple vids:
Here’s the new video from my collaboration with Brzzvll. Some electro punk funk. Hope you enjoy it.
MIND IS A JUNGLE -BRZZVLL feat. ANTHONY JOSEPH
Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Engines’ by Brzzvll featuring Anthony Joseph, out soon on Vynilla and Zephyrus Records.
video by Jochem Baelus
Tickets are available from The Jazz Cafe. Get yours now, this will sell out!
When we met for tea a couple months ago, Stephen was full of hope, humble and resilient. We were making plans to meet again in the coming weeks. I will always cherish my memories of performing Ghost Town with him in Jerry Dammer’s Spatial AKA, and of our chats, in which he would speak openly and bravely of his illness. His was a singular talent, one not given to many. He was a poet, a man, a comrade. My love to his family. I will miss him terribly.
The new Ep is out on digital and vinyl now! Features Osunlade’s spiritually uplifting take on Botanique, plus some truly inspired mixes by Patchworks and Jukebox Champions.
Botanique (Osunlade Yoruba Soul Mix)
Kezi (Patchworks Mix)
Hustle to Live (Jukebox Champions Mix)
You can listen to the other mixes at my youtube channel