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Marcus Strickland

People of the Sun

Blue Note


Released: 9th Nov 2018



Released: 14th Dec 2018


busy & beautiful, inventive & contemplative, this wonderful record is an amalgam of influences from West Africa (griot culture, Afrobeat, percussion) & America (post-bop, funk-soul, beat music), performed to perfection.

Strickland blazes a trail fully at the helm of his music—performing, writing, & producing with his outrageously able Twi-Life band on deck—even as he sonically & socially traces the African diaspora from present to past in an effort to unpack his identity. "I'm thinking about where we came from," says Strickland, "& how that clashes & goes hand in hand with what we've created here as Black Americans." Another facet that sets the album part is Strickland's lesser-known woodwind obsession with the bass clarinet, which adds its noirish hues to so many of these songs. fans of moses boyd’s solo work, joe armon-jones & abstract orchestra will love this.

People of the Sun


  1. Lullaby (Feat. Weedie Braimah)
  2. Timing
  3. People of the Sun (Feat. Mitch Henry)
  4. On My Mind (Feat. Bilal, Pharoahe Monch & Greg Tate)
  5. Relentlessness
  6. Marvelous (Feat. Akie Bermiss)
  7. Black Love
  8. Build
  9. Cloaked in Controversy
  10. Aim High (Feat. Jermaine Holmes)
  11. Spirit of the Music