Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Xavier Rudd is releasing his fourth album, Koonyum Sun April 20th. “Koonyum Sun” is his first recording with a South African rhythm section comprised of Tio Moloantoa on bass and Andile Nqubezelo on drums formerly of the late Lucky Dube’s band.
Xavier, Tio and Andile formed a bond that extended beyond their musical respect for each other in the summer of 2008 at Austria’s Nuke festival. This relationship, like their musical tastes, reflects a passion for unifying culture, sound and understanding.
Moving away from the heavier edged sound that he pursued on Dark Shades of Blue, Xavier is back to his up beat, hip swaying sound that has been his main stay on previous recordings and is now backed by the tour de force of Tio and Andile as Xavier Rudd and Izintaba.
Xavier Rudd’s music is a mixture of reggae, funk, blues and folk. Over the last few years, he’s graced stages at festivals around the globe, including the Bonnaroo Music Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, The Great Escape, Bumbershoot, and Austin City Limits.
Buy the album: Koonyum Sun
Author: World Music Central News Department
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