There’s something exciting about learning how the music we love came into existence. Yet more often than not, it doesn’t come with the context that we crave. However, a new project springing up from down Peckham way is doing just that through a series of captivating videos.
DJs and Balamii radio hosts Champagne Funk have teamed up with their South London radio station to give us an intimate insight into the musical works of their favourite bands. Aptly named Body of Work, the video series features exclusive live performances woven with interviews that reveal the inspirations, themes and processes behind their music.
Having had a lot of support on the Balamii waves from the South London duo, the talented artists under the spotlight are Collocutor, Ishmael Ensemble and The Scorpios. Each artist has been instrumental in painting a colourful picture of the UK’s landscape in forward-thinking jazz and worldly sounds, and this series demonstrates exactly why.
The first instalment comes from Collocutor, a seven-piece modal jazz group led by saxophonist Tamar Osborn. Her LP The Search, released on On The Corner Records earlier this year, draws from various global influences like afro-beat and Indian classical to create intriguing and unique compositions, gaining her recognition from tastemakers aplenty. For this exclusive performance, recorded at the Total Refreshment Centre, Tamar and her band perform tracks from The Search alongside an arrangement of Miles Davis’ ‘Black Satin’, forthcoming via On The Corner.
The next episode dives deep into the versatile sounds of Bristol-based band Ishmael Ensemble, with live arrangements of their 2017 release on Banoffee Pies Records, Songs For Knotty. This will be closely followed by the third segment; a beautiful rendition of Sudanese group The Scorpios’ self-titled debut LP, which seeks to challenge the musical barriers of traditional Sudanese music.
Keep up to date with the Body of Work series via Champagne Funk.