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Kamaal Williams & Hinako Omori at Gretchen / Saturday, 22.4.2023

Representing the funkier side of jazz, Kamaal Williams comes to Berlin in April for a special live show at Gretchen in Kreuzberg.

Wu Hen is the sophomore album from Kamaal Williams — an invitation to elevate to a higher state. Cinematic strings from Miguel-Atwood Ferguson and virtuoso saxophone from Quinn Mason are textural additions that make for a deeper, multi-layered experience than previous releases.

Bringing groove back to the forefront, Wu Hen oscillates between celestial jazz, funk, rap and r&b reinforced with the rugged beat-heavy attitude of grime, jungle, house and garage – a self-styled fusion Kamaal describes as Wu Funk.

When pressed for insight into the album’s overarching themes, Kamaal proclaims: “This is a revolution of the mind. A spiritual rebellion: To reach new heights requires separating ourselves from the material world and finding power in what’s intangible. That’s what music and art is for – whether it’s a primitive emotion or something deep, you feel it. And there’s a subliminal element that resonates throughout my work. If you’re painting, it’s what you’re feeling as you’re painting. And the person looking at that artwork or listening to that music, they can feel it too, because it’s sincere.”

Kamaal Williams & Hinako Omori

Saturday 22nd September 2022 | Doors 21:00 Start 22:00 CET
Gretchen | Obentrautstr. 19-21 | 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg

gretchen-club.de | Tickets

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