People of the Sun
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.
- Lullaby (Feat. Weedie Braimah)
- People of the Sun (Feat. Mitch Henry)
- On My Mind (Feat. Bilal, Pharoahe Monch & Greg Tate)
- Marvelous (Feat. Akie Bermiss)
- Black Love
- Cloaked in Controversy
- Aim High (Feat. Jermaine Holmes)
- Spirit of the Music