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