Roots Afro Soul
The voice of Chloë Rose Laing echoes with sultry notes of expressive and hypnotic rhythms.
‘My voice blends blues, soul and the cries of our foremothers with deeply melodic sounds and roots reggae’
Chloë Rose’s songs are delivered from the heart and call on the stories of her ancestors, both European and African. Accompanied by guitarist Martin Cradick of Baka Beyond on guitar and Senegalese multi-instrumentalist Amadou Diagne on percussion, they conjure up a sound that unites their respective island, celtic and griot backgrounds.
Say no more.. the proof is in the hearing.
Chloë Rose Laing
CHLOË ROSE LAING grew up in Wales the daughter of a Jamaican father and English mother and for now calls Bristol home. Chloë Rose comes from a family of artists. Her musical lineage stems from her father Neville Laing who was lead singer of the Cambridge based rock reggae band ‘Hondo’ in the 1980s.
Chloë Rose has been involved in musical projects in Wales, Bristol and beyond, most recently Bristol’s roots reggae band Creation Sounds who released a self-titled EP in late 2013. In the same year Chloë Rose became a mother. Her varied songs reflect her life’s journey, and are a direct message from the heart.
‘The combination of powerful lyrics, rhythms and melodies mystically intertwine spirit, initiation, struggles, sweat, joy, tears and community. Unifying the audience that universally, human and earthly issues must be addressed together in equilibrium.’
In late 2016 Chloë Rose began her current musical journey, recording with guitarist and producer Martin Cradick at the Vortex Studios in Bath. They began building tracks over the winter, and invited some fine guest musicians into the studio.
MARTIN CRADICK was born to a Cornish father and Welsh mother. Whilst his Celtic roots are strong Martin is not stuck in any one genre. Martin’s music has been influenced by travelling the world and playing music with people he met along the way.
Martin pioneered World Music fusion in the ’80s with didgeridoo player Graham Wiggins in the band Outback. In the 90’s Martin founded globally renowned Baka Beyond after living and playing music with the Baka Pygmy hunter-gatherers in the Cameroon rainforest of Central Africa. Since then Martin has toured worldwide with Baka Beyond whilst continuing to record and produce music for others in the UK and Africa.
Martin first worked with Chloe when recording her band Creation Sounds in 2012. However, the connection goes back a long way as Chloë’s father Neville Laing’s reggae band Hondo used to play at the Mad Hatter’s Club which Martin ran in Oxford in the mid ’80s.
AMADOU DIAGNE is a musician who has the traditions of West Africa at his fingertips, Amadou comes from a Griot family line of percussionists and praise singers from the area around Dakar in Senegal.
Amadou’s talent as a percussionist led him to becoming a professional full time member of l’Orchestre National du Senegal for many years. He performed regularly with some of the top west African stars for concerts and television and was a busy session musician on the Dakar music scene.
Although Amadou draws heavily on the traditional music and rhythms of West Africa, since moving to England he has been busy forging his own musical identity as a singer, songwriter, and multi instrumentalist. Amadou writes and performs most of his songs in Wolof the most widely spoken language in Senegal, with some French and English in the mix.
Amadou has a love of improvisation and an eclectic musical inspiration when playing, exploring the instrument delighting in the rhythmic possibilities within the melodies he composes.
The EP “Your Calling” also features
JALLY KEBBA SUSSO a UK-based Gambian kora player who is expanding the boundaries of kora traditions while keeping its heart and soul intact. Jally blends traditional West African music with upbeat funk and jazz into a new nuanced and rooted sound.
After settling in London in 2002, Jally’s musical horizons widened where he started arranging music – combining jazz, rock, blues and Afro-funk. Jally plays solo, with his band Manding Sabu (the essence of Manding) and as a member of the live African-dance music group, Afriquoi.
Forging a new trajectory of sound for the West African harp, Jally Kebba skillfully blends the traditional repertoire into his own heady jazz concoction that is immediately accessible and uplifting and yet filled with nuances and intoxicating rhythmical layers that give the music depth and intrigue.
After meeting Chloë, Jally agreed to feature his magnificent kora playing on some of her songs, two of which are on the new ‘Your Calling’ EP.
The EP “Your Calling”
also includes performances by
- Lionel Chalosse
- Clyde Kramer
- Radek Ditrych
- Abigail Mumba
Chloe Rose would like to thank them and everyone else who helped make this EP a reality.
NEW RELEASE – YOUR CALLING
iTunes release 1st September
- Righteous Flow
- Your Calling
- Whole and Warm
- Don’t Satisfy