According to Yaw, he is “100% juice to do what [he does] – no high fructose corn syrup… But really, [he’s] just a b-boy trapped deep inside a soul singer”.
And he’s got one of the most masterful voices to ever come out of Chicago. Often found gigging across town, he is just as likely to be on stage with a hip-hop act, afro-punk combo, jazz collective, or by his lonesome (a treat in itself).
If you’ve missed him until know, listen to the track above (written by local singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Khari Lemuel): “Where Will You Be”.
With echoes of Sam Cooke and Donny Hathaway, “Be” is one of the best local records I’ve heard in the past year… and most rooted in Chicago Musical tradition. This track was compiled by Gilles Peterson for his compilation “Brownswood Bubblers 3”.
photo by Ayana Contreras
March 9th, 2009 at 4:56 pm
I got a chance to hear him perform when I was shooting a concert video for Kafele. Great voice.
March 11th, 2009 at 12:30 pm
nice music. real chill.
June 21st, 2009 at 7:40 am
epic track indeed. fyi, brownswood bubblers vol. 4 is in the making.
August 20th, 2011 at 11:30 am
[…] catch Khari Lemuel (pictured below) and Yaw (top, right) all over the place (the Library, 75th street, Red Kiva), and recently, I heard them […]