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East Of The River Nile

by Zara McFarlane with Dennis Bovell

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Brownswood-signed, sublimely talented vocalist Zara McFarlane is back, linking up with legendary producer Dennis Bovell for a new single picking up where she left off on 2017 album, Arise. She carves out a soulful, reggae -and dub-influenced sound, marrying the rhythms of her Jamaican heritage with a finely-tuned jazz musicality. Delivering four different reinterpretations of the title cut from Augustus Pablo’s 1977 classic album, ‘East of the River Nile’, she sings the original’s melodica melody, her crystal-toned vocals as the track’s guiding force.

Since announcing her arrival with her 2011 debut, Until Tomorrow, she’s released 2014’s assured follow-up If You Knew Her, and 2017’s Arise, where she took a further step in lacing together her different strands of musical upbringing. In that time, she’s also worked with house music icon, Louie Vega, collaborated with New York trumpeter, Leron Thomas, and supported iconic acts such as Hugh Masekela and Gregory Porter. She’s performed at iconic venue, the Royal Festival Hall, as part of Orphy Robinson’s reinterpretation of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, and toured venues and festivals internationally, from Istanbul, to Vietnam and St. Lucia.


released March 1, 2019

Zara McFarlane - Vocals
Nathaniel Cross - Trombone
Moses Boyd - Drums
Jay Darwish - Electric Bass
Ashley Henry - Keys
Junior Alli-Balogun - Percussion
Binker Golding - Tenor Saxophone

Produced by Moses Boyd
Arranged by Nathaniel Cross

Mix and dubs by Dennis Bovell


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Zara Mcfarlane London, UK

Zara McFarlane’s debut album, 2011’s Until Tomorrow, came garlanded with rave reviews and a MOBO award nomination, and heralded a major new talent in the world of British jazz. The follow-up, also recorded for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings label, is a more ambitious collection that draws from many more influences: from the deep spiritual jazz of Pharoah Sanders to dub and reggae. ... more


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