A terrific surprise appeared on my Facebook news feed this afternoon in the form of a video of a new song by Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines frontman Joshua. The video also teases its audience with the first public hints about Good News for Sinners, the long-awaited debut album by Velvet Kente.
The song, "Augustus and Juniper" tells the tale of "lovers. husband and wife.
dreamers. parents. slaves. and of their escape from a South Carolina
plantation with their twin daughters." It's also a fantastic showcase for Joshua's soulful singing.
Joshua's Tumblr blog, http://velvetkentemusic.tumblr.com, is a masterclass in jazz and pop music history. He posts pictures and links to recordings by his musical forbears on almost a daily basis, demonstrating the sense of history, and respect for his elders, that flavors the stew of influences that makes Velvet Kente and Amasa Hines so timely and timeless at the same time.
More details to come as I receive them.