Heavy Rain, Heavy Sun

This is the first album from my new project, “Heavy Rain, Heavy Sun”.

This musical collection represents the convergence of two journeys in my life.

The first: In the late 1990s, I was extremely fortunate to be part of Mac Tontoh’s final band, the Kete Warriors. Mac was a founder member of the band Osibisa, which enjoyed worldwide fame in the 1970s.

The second: For the last eight years or more, I have been studying the Japanese shakuhachi, under the tutelage of Mende Ryuzan, a former student of Katsuya Yokoyama.

Recently, my experiences with the Kete Warriors in Ghana and on tour in the UK have been on my mind, and I wanted to see if what I had learned about west African rhythms would work as a fusion with Japanese scales and the shakuhachi.

I’ve found this experiment very rewarding – it feels like a starting point. As I write this the world is struggling to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic, but when we come out on the other side I hope to form a band to play this material live.