This post was originally published in November 2018.
Afrowalk, the latest single from MEI, features jazz trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey and a beautiful piano track that feels part Thelonius Monk, part montuno. A gang-style vocal gives this rumbling jazz nod to world music a big sense of purpose.
With a broad message, this song is able to strike a serious chord about humanity and togetherness, without losing its connection to the deep jazz pocket that makes it groove. Afrowalk feels like a unique marriage between jazz and Afro-Cuban influences, with a universal and compelling sense of narrative:
“Keep on, carry on strong
hold on, and walk with me”— MEI
MEI channels the voice of the people, imploring us all to stand up together.
MEI is a London-based vocalist, songwriter and bassist. This song is featured on our Lost Treasure - Soul playlist.