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Kosi: Pictures of Us

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“Wild is the Wind" opens with a graceful flugelhorn solo by Angeleisha “Trumpetess" Rodgers, a welcome change of tack for a vocal-based album with the singularly-named Kosi only entering three minutes into the number. “I Already Know" continues the slow ballad tempo of the opener, but with the added benefit of a magnetic hook line of the repeated angst-ridden title, at once moving and extremely effective. “Brianna," a soulful ballad, is both musically and lyrically haunting. In Duke Ellington's “The Star Crossed Lovers," Kosi demonstrates an ethereal quality with echoey wordless vocals and engaging guitar from Aron Marchak. ...

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Kosi: Pictures of Us

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This is an album whose authenticity and directness of expression is matched only by its underlying artistic complexity and conceptual nuances. Kosi Gyebi Sorensen (Akosua Gyebi) is a New York-based singer and composer whose vocal persona on this album is that of a young woman of humble origins struggling with the trials of intimacy and love, the apotheosis of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The Facebook pages of the singer herself, however, reveal a sophisticated, intellectually gifted African American woman who thinks deeply about such literature as Milton's Paradise Lost and Dante's Divine Comedy. Since she ...

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Kosi: Onwards and Upwards

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Akosua Gyebi, known as Kosi, has a voluptuous, mesmeric voice and has just released her first solo album One More Cup Of Coffee on her own label which received positive reviews. Kosi is a songstress who tells stories through her music. In her songs, you find tales of the seedier side of New York, the darker side where long shadows, broken relationships and hard life stories come to life. Kosi sings with emotion and candor and has an extensive vocal range. Kosi began singing in her church choir at a small church in southeast Queens. She was a ...

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Kosi: One More Cup of Coffee

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KOSI: One More Cup Of Coffee Akosua Gyebi--AKA Kosi is a vocalist with a beautiful, sultry voice and a very distinctive style. Her self-produced debut album One More Cup Of CoffeeAron Marchak. It is an album which relates the tales of the night people of New York, with their ups, downs, affairs, anger,lost loves and triumphs. Kosi sings with poignancy and tender emotion and the listener is drawn into the songs and characters she paints with her music. In the opening number “Goodbye Pork Hat" Kosi uses her wonderful smoky voice as an instrument, working with Marchak's guitar ...

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Kosi: One More Cup of Coffee

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Akosua Gyebi, known as Kosi released her debut album One More Cup of Coffee. Deeply rooted in the New York scene, Kosi weaves along guitarist Aron Marshak powerful melodies in graceful style. From folk, blues, to jazz, Kosi captures urban tales in a contralto emotive tone. Indeed, with a voice husky with emotion, Kosi sings her heart out. Singing about love, reflecting upon urban life or just whistling upon guitar riffs, Kosi is generous with her approach to voicing rhythm. A delicate touch reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, some blues influences, and simple words are components of Kosi's approach ...

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Kosi: One More Cup Of Coffee

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In her own words, Kosi is “a New York born and bred singer-songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots." She is the author of a stream-of-consciousness blog about her life of which the following is an extract: “I haven't washed my hair or shaved my arm pits (sic). I've brushed my teeth, but I haven't eaten. I'm still wearing the same clothes from yesterday. I meant to do laundry a few days ago, but I haven't gotten around to it. Instead I spray my dress down with pachoulli (sic) and vinegar. I smell like a marijuana salad." ...

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Kosi: One More Cup of Coffee

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Kosi is Akosua Gyebi Sorensen, a New York born and raised vocalist, guitarist and songwriter who attended Brooklyn College where she began performing with the college's Small Jazz Ensemble. According to her website, One More Cup of Coffee is her third album but the first released under her own name. It was recorded in August 2013 and features Kosi plus “one take wonder" guitarist Aron Marchak. The absence of any other instrumentation gives the music a loose, open feel and puts the voice and guitar firmly in the spotlight. Both are more than able to stand up to such scrutiny, ...



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