As if John Zorn put on Fela Kuti’s shoes and imbibed Mulatu Astatke’s whirls.
Piloted by saxophonist/flutist/composer Nathan Daems (Ragini Trio, Dijf Sanders, Echoes of Zoo), the input of notorious musicians, drummer Simon Segers (MDC III, De Beren Gieren, Stadt), cornet player Jon Birdsong (dEUS, Beck, Calexico), keyboardist Wouter Haest (Voodoo Boogie) and bassist Filip Vandebril (Lady Linn, The Valerie Solanas) leads to the specific universe that only Black Flower is able to create. Based in Brussels with a large degree of openness, striving for original music and delivering a hypnotic and entertaining groove, bending all purist rules to good effect while still highly suitable for the age-old human ritual of dancing!
On their coming release, the Ethio-oriental based element mixed with the African dub groove aspect gets explored further, developing Black Flower’s musical identity and unique sound to the fullest. The new album releases April 12th 2019 on Sdban Records
Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 – Brilliant
The Gaslamp Killer – Ethio-dub from outer space taking you all the way out
Les Inrocks – Album Artifacts is part of the 10 must-hear African albums of 2017
De Morgen – 4**** albumreview
Songlines – Highly succesful combination of psychedelic jazz, Afro-funk and Ethio-jazz
The Independent – A vibrant, variously entertaining album which bends the purist rules to good effect