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The mesmerizing, future soul sounds of Hiatus Kaiyote


The band Hiatus Kaiyote, natives of Melbourne, Australia, perform what they describe as Multi-dimensional Polyrhythmic Gangster Shit. Pretty out there, but there’s something oddly familiar about the band. Maybe it’s the soulful, jazzy overtones of the band or the singer, Nai Palm’s remarkable voice that sometimes sounds like Bjork, sometimes Erykah Badu sometimes Janelle Monae, but always sounds on point. Whatever it is, you can’t help but get hooked on their amazing music.

Hiatus Kaiyote has received widespread adoration from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Questlove, Q-Tip and yes, Erykah Badu. Their album, Tawk Tomahawk was released in July 2013 and is available for purchase on the iTunes store.

Be sure to check out their website at: http://hiatuskaiyote.com/ or their souncloud account at: https://soundcloud.com/hiatus-kaiyote

Special thanks to my buddy Mark Loucks who put me on to this incredible band.

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She’s been referred to as The Godmother of Rock and Roll. She influenced Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Little Richard and Isaac Hayes and I accidentally discovered her music while looking for a video by My Morning Jacket. It’s a travesty that the music and legend of Sister Rosetta Tharpe isn’t more well known.

Her music was an intoxicating blend of Gospel, Jazz and Blues and her performances were characterized by soulful gospel singing, virtuoso guitar playing and incredible showmanship. It sounded like Rock and Roll way before there was Rock and Roll.

In 2004 NPR did a piece on Tharpe and a recent PBS documentary in their American Masters series titled, The Godmother of Rock and Roll hopes to finally shine a light on the incredible life of a musician whose legacy needs to be celebrated and recognized.

Check out this incredible video recored live in Manchester, England in 1964.

…and here is the documentary The Godmother of Rock and Roll directed by Mick Csáky

THE GODMOTHER OF ROCK & ROLL: Sister Rosetta Tharpe – 2011. 60-minute documentary film produced & directed by Mick Csáky from Directors Cut Films on Vimeo.

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