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Khanya (The Light: Ode To Dilla)

QB Smith, Lady Alma, Kabomo

Warm Days
Warm Days 00014 | 2015-03-23  
February at Warm Days HQ is always Dilla month, and this year we%u2019ve made a record to commemorate it.

Khanya, the Zulu word for shine, or light, is a nod in name of course to the Common and Dilla anthem, while musically the track channels the vibes of the masterpiece that was Fantastic Vol II, with hints of both Jealousy and Untitled (Fantastic), now reimagined and reconstituted here as a deep house tribute to the late great one, %u201Cthe best that ever did%u201D, James Yancey aka J Dilla.

With lyrics co-written by Alma Horton, Kabomo and QB, the intro and outro cadencially recalls Slum Village, intoning that %u201Cwe can%u2019t forget your legacy%u201D, before Alma%u2019s verse mythologizes Dilla%u2019s affective and inspirational powers. Kabomo, singing almost entirely in Zulu, continues the theme, with an african astrology lesson on Dilla%u2019s rightful place amongst the stars that sing his name.

Deep, tech-plus-jazz-infused, Detroit-leaning, humble and most respectful house.

Produced and arranged by QB Smith
All keys and drums QB Smith
Vocals by Alma Horton and Kabomo

Lyrics and music by QB Smith, Alma Horton and Kabomo

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