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Yussef Kamaal

We were approached by Brownswood Recordings to design the album ‘Black Focus’. Taking inspiration from the anything-goes spirit of ‘70s jazz-funk, on albums by Herbie Hancock or the Mahavishnu Orchestra, it’s a loose template with plenty of room to experiment. The pair, made up of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams (aka Henry Wu), have had little in the way of formal training.

Yussef Kamaal

Their musical tastes – and approach to playing – are indebted to Thelonious Monk’s piano as much as the drum programming of Kaidi Tatham and the artwork needed to reflect this. Taking centre stage is Calligraphy by Master Calligrapher Haji Noor Deen. Hiding beneath the beauty and elegant hand renders signature lies Henry’s Beloved Black Focus (R.I.P) a gritty and real representation of the music beneath the cover.

Special thanks to Ruby Savage & Emily Moxon at Brownswood.

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