The day earlier than the Ezra Collective‘s Tiny Desk live performance, the band members practiced for hours at a close-by neighborhood music area and the following morning, they walked within the door giddy and able to go. The nice and cozy-up was good, however as soon as we began to document, a loopy depth and power spilled out into the room. They had been fierce and enjoyable and all of their solos had been on hearth.
The band makes wonderful jazz music and mixes it with a fusion of different genres like Afrobeat, hip-hop and dirt. The London-based group was purported to play this Tiny Desk live performance in 2020, however then, as bandleader and phenom drummer Femi Koleoso put it, “the world collapsed.” Right here it’s now, rockin’ exhausting with the very best stage of musicianship and method.
Earlier than coming to NPR, Koleoso had simply completed a world tour with the group Gorillaz. He met up together with his bandmates in Washington, D.C., to play this live performance and kick off promotion for the band’s newly launched sophomore album, The place I am Meant To Be. He defined on Instagram that he loves the album title as a result of it is obscure and particular on the similar time, identical to his band, a multifaceted complement of contrasting attributes. The primary two songs on this set are from that new album whereas the final, “Chapter 7,” is from the group’s 2016 EP. All through the set, watch how keyboard participant Joe Armon-Jones barely stays on his seat and listen to how the viewers could not preserve quiet. After the live performance, the spirit of the music lingered for a very long time and the day ended with photos, hugs and loads of smiles.
- “Victory Dance”
- “Welcome To My World”
- “Chapter 7”
- Femi Koleoso: drums
- TJ Koleoso: bass
- Joe Armon-Jones: keys
- James Mollison: saxophone
- Ife Ogunjobi: trumpet
TINY DESK TEAM
- Producer: Suraya Mohamed
- Director/Editor: Joshua Bryant
- Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin
- Artistic Director: Bob Boilen
- Collection Producer: Bobby Carter
- Videographers: Joshua Bryant, Kara Body, Maia Stern, Sofia Seidel
- Audio Assistant: Andie Huether
- Manufacturing Assistant: Jill Britton
- Tiny Desk Group: Marissa Lorusso, Hazel Cills, Ashley Pointer
- VP, Visuals and Music: Keith Jenkins
- Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann