THIS IS AWESOME! Kosi (New York)/ Private Insigaters
August 18, 2016 by Ryan Baker
9pm Start – No Cover
Kosi (New York jazz/folk singer-songwriter for fans of Tracy Chapman, Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading, Abbey Lincoln -)
Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she’s more than just a drama queen. She’s got piercing eyes and a voice that’s larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won’t fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.
She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she’s-sweet-now-she’s-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. “I am not creating anything,” she says, “nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough.” She’s more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing… if you can handle it.
Kosi is currently the lead vocalist of straight-ahead jazz group Sweet Blue Fire and indie rock group The Goddess Lakshmi.
Pictures of Us, Kosi’s latest album featuring an eight piece jazz band and recorded with engineers Joe Davi (Ne-Yo, Capone-N-Noreaga, Foxy Brown, Mya, Big Punisher) and Johnny Young, is available for purchase or download on BandCamp and on her website: kosi-sings.com. One More Cup of Coffee, featuring guitarist Aron Marchak and recorded with engineer Joe Davi, is Kosi’s debut full length album. You can download or purchase the album on Amazon, BandCamp and kosi-sings.com.
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