Ṣàngó from Primordial Waters by Jamael Dean



Jamael Dean returns with new single, “Ṣàngó,” from his forthcoming debut album Primordial Waters. A jazz interpretation of a traditional Yoruba spiritual melody, the song tells the story of the popular king deity whose power is personified with thunder and lightning. “Ṣàngó” features vocals from frequent collaborator Sharada Shashidhar, who also contributes throughout the album. Yoruba mythology, celestial themes and Jamael’s Los Angeles roots are the guiding principles of Primordial Waters, out October 29th on Stones Throw.

On Primordial Waters — whose title refers to the creation and origin story of the Yoruba people, a West African ethnic group with a revered tradition and religion — Jamael’s identity within the Yoruba diaspora takes centre stage. The album sees the prodigiously talented young musician take his explorations in jazz and hip-hop to new heights.

Jamael’s passion for music was sparked when his grandfather, legendary drummer Donald Dean, began taking him to see live performances. Today, Jamael currently leads the music collective The Afronauts and participates in the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra. He also collaborated and performed with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño.

Jamael Dean and The Afronauts are currently performing a six-date residency at Gold-Diggers in LA; the next dates are September 22nd, October 10th and October 24th.

The Jamael Dean & Sharada Shashidhar Quartet tours Europe this November. Catch them at Le Guess Who in the Netherlands and co-headlining with Mndsgn at the Jazz Cafe on 7 November. More dates TBA.

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