Hi B&F Crew, just wanted to share news of the launch of a project I've been working away at for a good long while now...
The band is called Aketi Ray - we're an all-acoustic dub-jazz group....double bass, drum kit, upright piano, sax, trumpet, percussion, + reverb and delay.......we play our own material, based on instrumental and jazz traditions of JA, but drawing inspiration and influence from Ethiopian and US jazz, west African percussion traditions, all with the mind set of UK steppas.
There's some great musicians involved, including trumpets from Kevin Robinson [Jazz Jamaica All-Stars, Jazz Warriors] and Niko Rouger [Addis Quartet, Krar Collective] on saxophone.
The first release is out now, a 12" featuring two cuts from us and on the flip a two-part rework from the mighty Alpha & Omega...thats out right now on Steppas Records (and available from their website: http://www.steppas.com/steprec/product/mirror/ - should hit other shops soon), and pressed on some heavyweight 180g vinyl. Big respects and thanks to Alpha Steppa for making this happen.
There'll be a full album of material released later in the year, and theres some audio clips of that LP on our website http://www.aketiray.com
And we've made a video for one of the tunes that's out on Steppas! Check that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNaUqGmbXLQ
And all being well we'll be doing this live too......
Anyhow, hope you like it - over the years these boards and everyone on it have been a big inspiration and education which has all seeped in and helped make this happen, so thanks so much!