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Issue 1098

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Ayanna Whitter-Johnson : Rise Up

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UK release date 08.01.2021

The queen of the mellow cello sees her in strident form with this,her new E.P. 'Rise Up'. Her rhythmic dexterity on her trusty instrument shines through and is always at the forefront along with her evocative vocal delivery as she tackles an old Abyssinians roots classic Declaration of Rights ft. Cleveland Watkiss, whose jazz sensibilities and subtle beat boxing blend effortlessly with the main heroine. Original track 'Rise Up' is a glorious call to action too,replete with a killer cello riff and groove perfect for special guest Akala to float on top and do his thing.

This EP positively bristles with energy and it's full of imagination and invention as she senses delight at new possibilities and direction.She has tapped into some vivid moments of revelation and (along with Akala) is trying to change the route that falsely promised a road to freedom.This is a good start for the new year I must say!
Words Emrys Baird

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