TUNE Soothsayers - Love And Unity
Soothsayers are something of a South London musical institution. Having released eight albums over the course of twenty years, they’re poised to drop their ninth (and second on Wah Wah 45s), entitled We Are Many, this November. Recorded both in their favourite part of the capital, and across the globe in Sao Paulo, it’s a fascinating blend of their trademark dub and Afrobeat flavours mixed with some distinctly Brazilian inflections. Not only that, it represents a positive and uplifting statement in challenging times - the overriding power of the music leading the band to continue forward, ever pushing their musical boundaries and concepts.
This new music is set to build on their 2018 LP ‘Tradition’, which gained heavy support from the likes of BBC 1Xtra’s David Rodigan to 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft, Don Letts, Gideon Coe and Craig Charles; Lopa Kothari (BBC R3), John Kennedy (Radio X), and many other tastemakers from the specialist to the mainstream cultural media.
This AA-side brings two potent and transporting tracks from the album. “Love and Unity” features the vocals of Ligia Kamada, a percussionist and vocalist who lives in the rural Minas Gerais region of southern Brazil. It was largely improvised in Bixiga 70’s studio in Sao Paulo, which led the creative direction for the sentiment of the song. It’s a call to speak out against increasing levels of violence, in this case from the Brazilian government towards its native and indigenous people, and for unity through hymns and the coming together of community.
The album’s glorious instrumental title track “We Are Many” is the result of a collaboration with acclaimed musicians and producers Kwake and Wu-lu. This partnership grew in significance during the recording of the album, and this track was one of the first to come to fruition as a result of this connection.
“Recorded at The Room Studio in South East London, we jammed and explored with sonics and harmonics until we got something satisfyingly different but also relevant to the current UK jazz scene, with which we all intersect in different ways. It’s a real pleasure to be creating with these two behind-the-scenes heavyweights of current cutting-edge British music. The result is a serious groove-based instrumental track with a nod to electronics, dub sonics and space for improvisational flair from all involved.” Idris Rahman (Soothsayers)