Tashomi's debut EP:
All the Cruelty and all the Kindness
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Bill Withers describes himself as "a regular guy".
In reflecting on colour, he says he had all the experiences you would expect of a black man living in the United States, "all the cruelty and all the kindness", hence the title for this EP.
In listening deeply to Bill Withers' songs, we can feel the push and pull of life, shades of light and dark. This EP has been made by two friends and music colleagues, Tashomi Balfour and Nathan Britton, a tribute to a beautiful soul.
Establishing himself with his debut EP “All the Cruelty and All the Kindness” Tashomi Balfour is one of the UK’s finest saxophonists. Aligned with the beginnings of jazz musician greats such as Louis Armstrong, Tashomi’s musical expression has its foundation in the Church.
Tashomi’s innate musical talent has naturally led him to a divine exploration of the creative freedom celebrated universally in the way jazz allows us all to let go. To listen to Tashomi’s sound is to be given a sacred opportunity to illuminate, liberate, and awaken inside.
Tashomi was born and raised in South London. He is dedicated to his community, rooted in his Caribbean history and has an unshakeable fervour for his African descent. Since 2013 Tashomi has been a mainstay at Piano Bar Soho, where he met his EP co-creative, Nathan Britton...
...Of Tashomi and his first EP it has been said: “Like [Bill] Withers, Balfour’s music transcends common-place reality and gets to the heart and soul of the human condition” - Jeremy Stockwell.
Into his music Tashomi brings his life experiences, his worship-filled beginnings, his cultural identity and his love of being free.
With his raw and cultured playing style, Tashomi is a multi-genre musician paying homage to authentic Contemporary Jazz through Fusion, Neo-Soul, African Jazz and experimental.
The release of “All the Cruelty and All the Kindness” in 2020 sparks the official landing of Tashomi Balfour on the UK music scene.
Bio by A. Casely-Hayford
Tashomi has worked over the years with renowned artists like: Michael Kiwanuka; Chrisette Michele; Donnie McClurkin; Odyssey; The Stylistics; Michaela Coel; Collette Cooper; Mo Pleasure. He has worked with organisations including: Hyde Park - Winter Wonderland; Channel 4; Netflix - The Crown; ITV's Britain's Got Talent; The London Jazz Cafe; Ronnie Scotts, England Rugby Legends and the 2-Time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua OBE.
Tashomi featured in and musically represented Bill Clinton in the critically acclaimed theatre production 'Devil with the Blue Dress' , which premiered in London's Bunker Theatre: '' a clever, fascinating play ... a barbed, fluent production ... highly recommended..." - The Independent ★★★★