YELLOWSTRAPS - KAI KWASI
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A shimmering global sound with a unique blend of soul, jazz, electronic music and hip hop
WhenWed. 8 Sep, 2021
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"Les deux frères de YellowStraps incarnent le renouveau de la soul"
YellowStraps was created by two Belgian self-taught brothers (Alban & Yvan Murenzi) drawing influences from their travels early on. Born in Rwanda, raised in Uganda, and living in the melting pot that is Brussels, ever since. They have always been busy conjuring up a very particular sound mixing many styles like Jazz, Soul, Hip-hop & electronic music.
In 2014 the band won the Award of Most Promising Artist at Redbull Elektropedia. 2016 is the year they dropped ‘MELLOW’, a first album in collaboration with famous producer Le Motel. In 2018 YellowStraps’ 3rd release, ‘BLAME’, came out on Majestic Casual Records. In 2020, the two brothers set up their own label “Haliblue Records” and release the “GOLDRESS” EP via Believe UK.
From the first EP being picked up by Belgium's favourite Dj LEFTO, to gaining increasing support from global radios like BBC 1xtra, 6 music, Beats 1, Soulection, KCRW etc... the duo has now made a name for itself as one to watch closely in the coming years on the global scene, and is assuredly one of the revelations of the Neo-Soul/Electronic/Hip-Hop scene in Belgium.
Kai Kwasi is a 21 year old songwriter and producer hailing from South-East London. His honeyed tones and deeply personal lyricism enable Kai to create a lane for himself, which feels as close to Joni Mitchel as it does Frank Ocean. Influenced by a variety of sounds from Highlife and Bossa nova to RnB, Soul and UK rap, Kai’s diverse references have shaped a musicality unique only to Kai’s upbringing.
With a background in photography and film, Kai has a very visual approach to his music, he wrote and produced his first song only to realise his desire to plan and direct music videos. Saving up to buy equipment at his cinema job, over time Kai taught himself guitar, bass, keys and production skills. The results were stunning, and with the encouragement of his friends, Kai found a natural home for himself as a musician. Over the past couple of years Kai has continued to perfect his craft and is now ready to share it beyond his four walls.
"the bedroom pop force matches off piste R&B elements to woozy sonic tapestries."