ALBUM REVIEW: Yussef Dayes – Black Classical Music | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Brownswood Recordings

Released: 08.09.23







Given its ostensibly univocal title, you’d be forgiven for expecting Yussef Dayes‘ solo debut to be a somewhat staid affair. What’s on offer instead is an expansive yet precise weft of influences – from sinuous African polyrhythms to bombastic Caribbean grooves and intoxicating Latin inflections – dexterously woven into a captivating fusion of nostalgic reverie and neoteric revelry.

Sturdily anchored by Dayes’ distinctive drum licks, and thrillingly vivified by a meticulously curated coterie of collaborators (including Shabaka Hutchings, Jamilah Barry and Masego), Black Classical Music charts a journey of healing through reclamation – one that sees memory, love and sound all bleed into something both eternal and fleeting. Rooted in reverence yet resolutely focused on evolution, this record richly abounds in lived-in charm.


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