Win tickets to Xavier Rudd
The Georgia Straight presents Xavier Rudd at the Commodore Ballroom on November 16 and 17
From 2002's To Let through to 2007's White Moth, Rudd gradually refined his globally-influenced collage of world music—a matchless mixture of reggae, funk, blues, folk, and nearly every other sort of song with the ability to stimulate people's spirits.
With 2008's Dark Shades of Blue, the world was welcomed into a darker, more somber side of Rudd's music. The album was indeed musically rich, with an international influence still inherent; however, the overall aura carried a different tinge compared to that of his previous work. As he explains it, his musical output at that time may have been a slight glimpse of what was soon to come.
The album Koonyum Sun marked a fresh, new musical and spiritual awakening for Rudd, perhaps most notably as it was his first with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the unified banner of Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba. Though the trio performed together for many months, Koonyum Sun is their first collaborative collection of songs—a triangle of influence that carried a piece of each individual member, yet keeps them all connected. Thanks to the input of Inzintaba, there's a staggering amount of vigor to this release that Xavier Rudd fans haven't seen to date. There was also more vocal variation, with colourful harmonies in several different languages soaring atop the music.
With 2012 comes a new single titled "Follow the Sun" and the whisperings of a new album.
Masterfully delicate, "Follow the Sun" is the essence of Rudd's spiritual connection to this world: his humble understanding that everything was here before us and will remain long after we are gone, and that every day is a new gift to cherish and to respect.
Rudd's return to the stage has also seen him return to the familiar ground of playing alone on stage. Just one man. One man bearing his soul to the world through his songs.
- A pair of tickets to the November 16 or 17 show at the Commodore Ballroom
Contest Deadline: November 14, 2012 Event Date: November 16 or 17, 2012