On Sunday, August 10th, Giant Step returned to Central Park for our annual SummerStage show. This year featured Passenger as the headliner with Liam Bailey and Stu Larsen opening. The capacity crowd enjoyed the performances throughout the warm summer day.
Okayafrica premiered a track from Gilles Peterson’s new collective, Sonzeira today. The song is “Bam Bam Bam” featuring Seu Jorge & Giovanca and is from the album Brasil Bam Bam Bam, out in the U.S. on May 27th via Harvest Records (pre-order).
One of the world’s most respected DJs and Brazilian music aficionados, Gilles turned producer for this ambitious venture, setting up camp in Rio de Janeiro with young UK production associates Sam Shepherd (Floating Points); Dilip Harris and Rob Gallagher from 2 Banks of 4; and Kassin from Rio collective Orquestra Imperial. Together they set about recording all-new material with a stellar line-up of Brazilian talent, under the name Sonzeira.
Check out the trailer below for some behind the scenes footage of the making of the album.
Words by Korby Benoit
Fatima is a Swedish born vocalist based in London. In recent years she’s earned praise for her work that has spread through the UK’s music scene. Her lush and soulful collaborations with Eglo Records co-founder Floating Points have kept her name abuzz and on May 14th her new album Yellow Memories will be available on Eglo Records.
Along with Floating Points producers Flako, Oh No, Shafiq Husayn, Knxledge, Scoop Deville and Computer Jay are responsible for the album’s sound. I recently spoke with Fatima as she was in London preparing for the album release.
“You make your music and you never know how people are going to feel about it. It’s always good to hear when people are enjoying it. It makes me happy” explains Fatima.
“The album is called Yellow Memories because I was struggling to find a title. It’s pretty hard. I guess it’s like naming a child. I was thinking about my grandma’s house. And I was thinking about the past. The word yellow is because my grandma’s house is actually yellow. That house to me represents my childhood and me growing up in Sweden.” She continues, “I was looking at family photos and it just popped up in my head. It’s me reminiscing of a time that’s been before and that house is kind of a like a symbol of the past. I think the album represents family, love, sunshine and the past.”
Photos by Eddie Pearson | Words by Korby Benoit
The Foreign Exchange brought their Love in Flying Colors world tour to Brooklyn this Monday. Together with their live band, Phonte and Nicolay provided an evening of good music and energetic showmanship.
Phonte’s voice was rich, clear and very true to his recordings. He’s an engaging singer who manages to seize his audience with his singing ability combined with his playful wit and humor. Phonte was also very committed to his performance as he delivered an extremely lively set. Nicolay, along with the band also appeared to be in high spirits as they delivered their tunes. The group’s camaraderie is apparent in their performance.
The Music Hall of Willamsburg was a filled with loyal fans who weren’t shy about expressing their fondness for the group. It was hard to spot a fan who wasn’t singing along. It’s clear The Foreign Exchange have successfully grown their audience since their 2004 debut Connected.
There are still several dates ahead on this tour and I recommend this show to anyone who appreciates good live music. The Foreign Exchange offer a show where people can simply kick back and have a good time.