Gig Review: Kamaal Williams Ensemble presents Black Focus, KOKO, London

Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus album – with its injection of high-vibe electro-jazz-bass-funk – has already won its place as one of my all-time greatest 45s since gracing this planet last year. The energy, vibrancy and passion captured by the South London pairing of keyboardist Kamaal Williams, aka Henry Wu, and drummer Yussef Dayes is electrifying and pure musical dynamite – unrivalled and a perfect match. … Continue reading Gig Review: Kamaal Williams Ensemble presents Black Focus, KOKO, London

Love Vibrations: Life & Soul Magazine’s Valentine’s Playlist

Raise the lovin’ vibes this Valentine’s Day with a love-inspired playlist. Here’s Life & Soul Magazine’s compilation of loving lyrics, sensual instrumentals and blissed-out beats to take you and your true love to euphoric heights. Vikter Duplaix – Morena Philly-bred producer/DJ/singer-songwriter Vikter Duplaix effortlessly blends Afro-Latin rhythms,  hip hop beats and future jazz on Morena. In true Duplaix style, the singer weaves the sex factor into … Continue reading Love Vibrations: Life & Soul Magazine’s Valentine’s Playlist

Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus

Yussef Kamaal’s unique blend of jazz-funk finally gets a 45 release next week with their debut album, Black Focus. Bringing together the talents of multi-instrumentalist and electronic wizard, Kamaal Williams, otherwise known as Henry Wu, and drummer, Yussef Dayes, Black Focus takes inspiration from ‘70s jazz-funk circa Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham. Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus is out … Continue reading Yussef Kamaal’s Black Focus