Earlier in the month Ayanna Witter Johnson packed out The Jazz Cafe for a headline show. The good people at We Play Music Live who were promoting event captured her anthem “Rise Up” which as well as featuring her superb band but also had HGC (House Gospel Choir) off stage as there wasn’t enough space for them all (they didn’t need mics to make their presence felt mind) and the awesome lyricist that is Akala. They helped to make this a pretty special and epic performance.
I have so much time for this lady she is doing incredible things with her music and performances and is inspiration to all. Keep on inspiring!
The way Ayanna Witter Johnson just set a new standard for A64s. This is brilliant. Shifting between cello and piano, singing and rhyming, plucking and beating Ayaana displays complete mastery of her many talents and skills. Adapting to the sbtv platform she adjusts her performance to ensure she’ll leave her imprint on anyone watching this. I mean she picks up the cello and plays it like its a guitar… INSANE!!! I can only applaud the brilliance!
It is rare to see a black person on a stringed instrument so here’s hoping that it can inspire some out there to consider picking up a bow instead of the mic.
Purchase Ayanna’s EP here
Here is a gorgeous ballad from the immense talent that is Ayanna Witter-Johnson. “Black Panther” is the title track from her latest Album due to drop next month. Driven by the piano (love it) and sublime string section, the instruments provide a subtle yet beautiful backdrop for Ayanna’s vocals and lyrics to stand out and capture your focus. If you listen there are some real gems in those lyrics that can sometimes get lost when ballads are too epic. This gets it just right. As i said at the top just Gorgeous!
The album is released December 4th You can pre-order the album here.
Last month the good people at Lyrix Organix launched their first compilation EP. Its features a vast range of different artists who have performed at their events over the last couple of years and acts as good taster as to what to expect from one of their events. The album is filled with lots of caribbean and African rhythms as well as some more soulful numbers and a couple of spoken word gems. Highlights would of course be G.R.E.E.d.S and The Remedies “We Are” and Dean Atta’s “Revolution” whilst the standout tracks for me would have to be Ayanna Witter-Johnson’s “Sometimes” and Ayah Marar’s “Dandelion Tea”. This is not available on download just physical CD it is however just £5 and a solid investment with all proceeds going to various charities. There is something for everyone here and as i said some real gems have a listen below and follow the links to purchase!