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Uk jazz outfit Waaju released a new single “Listening Glasses”

Uk jazz quintet Waaju released a new single “Listening Glasses” from their forthcoming second album "Grown". Since debut self-titled album released in 2018 via London’s independent label Olindo Records, the band’s sound has developed, as we can say “grown”. They took influence from a number of cultures across Africa, South America & beyond, adding new dimensions to their sound. The record will also feature a song co-written with Jordan Rakei.

Waaju is led by drummer and percussionist Ben Brown (Alfa Mist, Dizraeli, Ashley Henry), and comprising members across the UK’s extensive music scene including, percussionist Ernesto Marichales (Jordan Rakei, Sigala), guitarist Tal Janes (Nubiyan Twist, Bahla), Sam Rapley (Fabled, Maria Chiara Argiro) and Joe Downard (China Moses, Judi Jackson). Waaju’s unique and divergent sound connects the dots between the all of those influences around the globe, samba, salsa, rumba, jazz and African blues.

Listen to Waaju new song “Listening Glasses”, the lead single from their upcoming album “Grown” below:


Waaju (meaning ‘to urge, inspire or influence to take action’ in Bambara) blend Latin polyrhythms, psychedelic Malian blues licks and dancefloor-oriented UK jazz arrangements. Waaju formed as a means of exploring music’s hidden connections, from trance-inducing Moroccan gnawa to Caribbean carnival music, and embracing them to reflect the different layers of London’s own musical culture.

Waaju drummer Ben Brown said: “The amazing thing about music is that one can display the belief, compassion and love that takes a lifetime to acquire, in just a few seconds. As well as all these things, I hope this snapshot gives a glimpse into undiscovered places in the world and in ourselves”.

Watch on YouTube Waaju new song “Listening Glasses”, the lead single from their upcoming album “Grown” below:

Waaju “Grown” tracklist:            

1. Moleman

2. Listening Glasses 06:05

3. Rollando

4. Time's Got A Hold (feat. Will Heard)

5. Wassoulou

6. Grown


Band members:

Ben Brown - drums, percussion

Sam Rapley - saxophone, shaker (track 4)

Tal Janes - guitar

Ernesto Marichales - congas, percussion

Joe Downard - bass

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