Day 30 - ESKA: Chilembwe
One of many highlights from No Man’s Land, the concert we created to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1, which took place at Perth Concert Hall on Nov 11 2018. The amazing ESKA conjured this semi-improvised piece around an iconic and thought-provoking open letter written during the war by radical preacher John Chilembwe and sent to the Nyasaland Times (Nyasaland is now Malawi). Special mention goes to the brilliant backing from our incredible house band on this track: Ross Ainslie (whistle), Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion), Dave Milligan (percussion), Ben Nicholls (bass) and Graeme Stephen (guitar).
Zimbabwean-born Londoner ESKA is female solo artist who is a creative force to be reckoned with; imagine the psyche soul of Minnie Riperton, unexpected, whimsical melodic twists of Kate Bush and ornate detail of folk legends Pentangle arranged in an intoxicating meld for the post-digital age, and you’re only getting close. ESKA has been compared to Joni Mitchell by the music press, but her sound is a unique and complex tapestry of folk, soul, and rock n ' roll that earned her a Mercury Prize nomination for her debut album in 2015.
“Only a couple of times a decade does a new artist come along who so impresses that I find myself getting excited about what they’ll do next … Touching, powerful, experimental and sensuous – you could pick just about any positive adjective and it would apply.” The Independent on Sunday