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Duval Timothy is using jazz to reckon with his heritage

“I like my records to sound like my life. That’s why I always creatively involve the people in it, even if they’re not musicians,” Duval Timothy says. “There’s an atmosphere to each record, an instrumental narrative.”

Emotional nuances and fleeting interactions are the cornerstones of the 32-year-old musician and producer’s work. After self-releasing his debut LP, Dukobanti, in 2012, Timothy has gone on to build a committed following with an ensuing four piano-focused albums that trade in sparse yet engaging melodies interspersed with field recordings and voice samples from his loved ones in Britain and his father’s home country, Sierra Leone. His latest album is a collaborative endeavour with vocalist Rosie Lowe, entitled Son. The nine tracks are comprised almost entirely of vocal harmony, telling the story of a mother and son’s relationship through soaring melodies.

Read the feature in Huck Magazine.

[This piece was published on 27/10/21]

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