Kosi

Kosi

Thu May 3, 2018

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$0.00

This event is all ages

Kosi
Kosi
Join Kosi as she celebrates both her birthday and the release of her fourth album, I Know Who I Am, a concept album telling the story of guilt, absolution, love, and self-actualization through original jazz and negro spirituals.

Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. "I am not creating anything," she says, "nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough." She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.

Kosi is currently the lead vocalist of straight-ahead jazz group Sweet Blue Fire and indie rock group The Goddess Lakshmi.

Ghosts Appearing through the Sound, Kosi's latest album, is a tribute to Abbey Lincoln featuring ten arrangements of iconic songs written and/or performed by Abbey Lincoln. It and Kosi's previous two albums, Pictures of Us and One More Cup of Coffee, each of which is comprised of eight of Kosi's original songs and two jazz standards, are available for purchase or download on Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and on her website: kosi-sings.com.
Venue Information:
Buzzbin Art & Music Shop
331 Cleveland Ave NW
Canton, OH, 44702
http://buzzbinshop.com/