Last week saw the official launch of Native Sun’s debut album ‘Indigenous Soundwaves’. The event took place in Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch and the crowd, rather like the music that was being celebrated was a fusion of different cultures all under one roof.
Womatt award winning singer songwriter Bumi Thomas kicked off proceedings with three beautifully mellow tunes which settled the previously rowdy crowd into contented listening. Other support acts got the cogs of the crowd’s mind turning with performances of thought provoking poetry and music filled with wise words and beautiful melodies. By the time Native Sun took to the stage everyone was ready to receive Mohammed Yahya’s lyrical wisdom, and enjoy Sarina Leah flawless vocals.
The duo, who describe their music as ‘the music that would be created if J-Dilla met Fela Kuti’ wowed the audience with their incredible stage presence and inspired with the creative rapport that so obviously exists between them. Sarina’s sumptuous tones and the smooth classic hip hop vibes chilled the venue and added to the relaxed atmosphere.
Aside from the music there were also stalls selling handcrafted African jewellery, and natural skin care products, all products were responsibly sourced and environmentally friendly. This is something which is very dear to Native Sun, who are ‘closet hippies’, taking care of the environment that we live in and ensuring that we are not damaging the world that our children will be brought up in is all part of what they stand for. Yet you needn’t take my word for it you can check them out for yourself . I’ve put a couple of video links below so you can form your own opinions of Native Sun, and if you’re anything like me, you won’t be wanting this sun to set for a very long time!