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Worldwide Awards 2017 // Introducing: Ezra Collective

October 12, 2016

As we set the gears in motion for the 2017 edition of the Worldwide Awards on the 21st January, we’re putting together intro profiles to give you the scoop on the talent populating the bill.

Next up is Ezra Collective, the award-winning band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music. First coming onto the scene in May 2012 when they were victorious in the Yamaha Jazz Experience Competition. They were blown away at the standard of Ezra Collective’s set and the advanced musicianship demonstrated by the band. This led on to an award which saw Ezra support Terence Blanchard in London Jazz Festival 2012.

Since then they have gone on to headline various festivals and play in different clubs around London and beyond. This includes Royal Albert Hall and festivals up and down the UK. The strong influence of afrobeat, reggae and hip-hop, tied together by tuition and understanding of jazz creates the unique Ezra Collective sound.

We spoke to Femi from the band to hear what he’s been up to.

Where in the world…

…are you now?

London

…inspires you?  

Nigeria

…have you done your best performance?

London, Boiler Room was special, felt like it was to the whole world.

…has the best food?

Jamaica, and every restaurant in London giving us a taste of the Caribbean Island.

…do you go to escape?  Amsterdam is pretty special, cycling in Vondell Park. I do love Dalston, smell of Jerk Chicken and sound of 15 different languages with some grime music in the background.

…do you most want to go? 

Cuba would be incredible, trying to learn Spanish first before I do so though!

…has the best music right now?

London! Grime, Jazz and everything else. Really inspiring place to be right now, from Shabaka to Skepta, incredible.  

What 3 acts would be on your dream line-up?

Skepta, Tony Allen, Kaytranada. finally

How many languages can you say hello in? And can you prove it?

Two! The Nigerian language, Yoruba, and Spanish.

The Awards will be going down at KOKO, London, on Saturday 21st January. Final release tickets onsale now for £35. Buy yours here.