Ezra Collective link with Kojey Radical on special new single ‘No Confusion’.
The seminal UK jazz outfit will release new album ‘Where I’m Meant To Be’ later this week, and have shared a string of previews with fans. Pushing their sound to the limit, the new album moves between UK rap and left-field improvisation, all held together by that questing spirit.
New single ‘No Confusion’ salutes a primary influence on Ezra Collective, and channels some vintage afrobeat rhythms. Joined by Kojey Radical, it becomes a celebration of Nigerian culture, and a potent salute to the late Tony Allen.
One of Nigeria’s finest ever drummers, Tony Allen became known as Uncle Tony to Ezra Collective, and he developed a close bond with drummer Femi Koleoso – who was practically raised on Allen’s work alongside Fela Kuti.
‘No Confusion’ deals with straight fire, the rhythmic flexibility matched to an assured sense of purpose. Kojey’s bars add some spice on top, with ‘No Confusion’ taking on a celebratory air.
“Drum lessons with Uncle Tony didn’t just change my life, but Ezra Collective’s. The most valuable thing he ever taught me was, always be yourself. Be who you are. Be proud of who you are. When you truly are who you’re meant to be, you have no confusion.
‘Confusion’ by Fela Kuti is one of the only recorded drum solos by Uncle Tony – it’s so him, no one else could have played it. This track is so us. We’re at a place where we really know who we are as a band – and there’s No Confusion about it.”
Ezra Collective will play a short burst of dates this month, before an extensive UK tour in February.
Douglas Bernhardt directs the full video for ‘No Confusion’ – tune in now.
‘Where I’m Meant To Be’ will be released on February 4th.
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