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"No Confusion," the latest single from Ezra Collective, is not what we typically bring you. According to the press release the song is "... both a celebration of Nigerian style and culture, as well as a tribute to one of the country's musical heroes; the late, great drummer, Tony Allen [musical director of Fela Kuti's band]." (Tony Allen was a mentor to Ezra Collective's bandleader Femi Koleoso and was known as "Uncle Tony.") "No Confusion" is an Afrobeat jazz track with rapper Kojey Radical providing vocals. This is a jazz song that is truly exciting. It's a fun, energetic song that has a laid back vibe while still being thrilling to listen to. This is a hard one to describe since it's so far out of my normal musical comfort zone, but even if jazz has never been your thing, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Femi Koleoso says of the new song:
"Drum lessons with Uncle Tony didn’t just change my life, but Ezra Collective's. The most valuable thing he ever taught me was, always be yourself. Be who you are. Be proud of who you are. When you truly are who you’re meant to be, you have no confusion. Confusion by Fela Kuti is one of the only recorded drum solos by Uncle Tony - it’s so him, no one else could have played it. This track is so us. We’re at a place where we really know who we are as a band - and there’s No Confusion about it."
You can watch the video for "No Confusion" below. Where I'm Meant to Be is due out November 4 on Partisan Records. The album can be pre-ordered/pre-saved here. For more on Ezra Collective, check out the artist's website.
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