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New Music: Nduduzo Makhathini, Gus Rodriguez, Madeleine Peyroux

The new release is a three-movement suite that pays homage to the Zulu Goddess uNomkhubulwane and explores Africa’s tragic history of oppression
Nduduzo Makhathini / Blue Note
The new release is a three-movement suite that pays homage to the Zulu Goddess uNomkhubulwane and explores Africa’s tragic history of oppression

New releases from international artists and veteran singer-songwriter.

Nduduzo Makhathini, uNomkhubulwane

In the tradition of his South African heritage, Pianist, Composer, and Healer, Nduzo Makhathini’s new album combines music and spiritual practice on his third Blue Note release. He offers his musical talents to the Zulu GoddessuNomkhubulwane and explores Africa’s tragic history of oppression. Alongside the trio of Zwelakhe-Duma Bell le Pere on bass and drummer Francisco Mela, this eleven song album of original music ranges from Sun-Ra-esque chants to contemporary rhythms that give plenty of space for listeners to digest.

Gus Rodriguez, De Jazz En Cuando

Released on International Jazz Day (April 30th), Gustavo “Gus” Rodriguez' new album is a journey into the Dominican Republic as the jazz pianist glides through seven original compositions that celebrate the entire diaspora of Latin Jazz. Jazz En Cuando also features a quartet of Latin musicians who’s styles merged with ease on tunes with Latin, Brazilian and African rhythms. The album is an easy-to-listen-to project that hardcore and new fans of Latin Jazz can enjoy.

Madeleine Peyroux, Let’s Walk

The acclaimed singer is back in the scene with her 9th album. Let’s Walk features Peyroux as a co-writer of original lyrics alongside Jon Herrington, tunes range from Peyroux’s smooth, crooner style, evident on the song “How I Wish,” to more blues leaning tunes like “Showman Dan,” and “Please Come Inside.” Let’s Walk captures Peyroux at the peak of her musicianship and writing prowess.

Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Terae Stefon looks to make his mark on an ever changing city. A Graduate of Franklin High School, he then attended Saint Martin’s University, majoring in English and Journalism. Terae found his way into radio by volunteering at local community radio stations HollowEarth and RainierAvenue Radio in Seattle and then at Total Traffic, keeping the region moving as a traffic reporter and producer.