Farai’s debut album (a collaborative project between London based vocalist Farai and artist, musician and producer TONE) documents a process of recovery. For the eponymous vocalist of the project, Farai, music has always been personal. Born in Zimbabwe and raised in London, (Her name means “joy” in Shona, the most widely spoken of Zimbabwe’s 16 official languages) her lyrics are coloured by the different cities she has lived in, and how that series of different homes has shaped her perspective.
Rebirth weaves together South East London landmarks, the bare-bones ethos of post-punk, and the experience of being part of the African diaspora. The record is the biggest stepping stone yet in a journey begun by Farai in 2012. She hit a period of feeling burnt out, and started attending weekly music therapy classes, where she started writing poetry and music for the first time. It charted a new direction, one that has brought her to the exciting point she stands in now.
Farai's debut EP Kisswell was praised by Pitchfork as a “rethinking of post-punk and new wave.” Farai’s partner in creating both Kisswell and Rebirth has been TONE. They have carved out an alternate vision of pop together, distinctive and many-sided at once, poised between punk directness and flourishes of soulful warmth. TONE’s heritage is Afro-Guyanese and Welsh, their shared pan-African heritage being one of the things that drew them together. TONE spent part of his childhood in Germany before moving to the UK at the age of nine. He visited the Caribbean growing up, where he was introduced to his grandmother’s roots as a performer, hearing soca, dancehall and dub.
Punk Champagne (feat. TONE)
This Is England
Space Is A Place (feat. Chris Calderwood)
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