Out now: Tutu Puoane – Wrapped In Rhythm, Vol. I

Hey everybody,

It’s been a long process, but Tutu Puoane‘s album Wrapped In Rhythm, Vol. I has finally been released. It is available on all digital platforms including Bandcamp, and physically in CD- and vinyl-formats via the webshop of our label SoulFactory Records.

The album has been getting quite a bit of nice media/press attention already, here’s a few quotes:

“When Tutu started sharing her experiments online during the pandemic, and when I first heard what she and Ewout were doing in their home studio, it felt like multiple timelines were collapsing and converging at once. Across continents, in the isolation of lockdown, on social media, I felt intimately connected to Tutu’s imagination of these poems, and seen and affirmed in a way that no artist has ever made me feel before.” – Lebo Mashile, Johannesburg – South Africa

“The way she sings the poems is at times blood-curdlingly beautiful” –  Marcel Haerkens, Jazzism – The Netherlands

“With vocal flexibility and crisp storytelling that reminds this listener of Gregory Porter, Puoane’s lyrics (Mashile’s poems) are sparklingly creative and executed simply perfectly.” – Debbie Burke, Blog – USA

“Puoane’s vocal re-visioning reminds us of the intense South African creativity born from the complicated, contrary pulls of hope and disillusionment as the 1990s unfolded and of how we need to keep breathing on the flame of that hope. – Gwen Ansell, Mail & Guardian – South Africa 

“With ‘Wrapped In Rhythm’, Tutu Puoane realizes a dream come true, in spirit and roots entirely her own, a profound and powerful statement, which she musically translates and serenely animatedly sings in a grandiose way.” – Bernard Lefèvre, JazzHalo – Belgium. 

“Wrapped in rhythm: vol. 1′ proves to be a pleasure to re-listen to, although that may also have something to do with the way Puoane and her band seize the rhythmic and spiritual, poetic eloquence of Mashile’s lyrics as an impetus for the somewhat classical based, but nevertheless elegant vocal jazz music.” – Philippe De Cleen, Cutting Edge – Belgium

And here’s the final dates of the Album Release Club Tour.

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I hope you enjoy the music and thanks a lot for supporting our music!

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