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Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues. She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith


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A Conversation with Kosi

Read "A Conversation with Kosi" reviewed by Lorens Chuno

On her new album, Stranger in Every Town, vocalist Kosi draws from her experience traveling alone across the US as a singer/songwriter. This albums features Kosi on vocals, Satish Robertson on trumpet, Brendon Biagi on tenor saxophone, Jason Marshall on baritone saxophone, Jeremy Aaron on violin, Jeff Young on guitar, John Lander on piano, ...


Article: Album Review

Kosi: I Know Who I Am

Read "I Know Who I Am" reviewed by James Nadal

With a resolute commitment to her art, singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer Kosi (Akosua Gyebi) has recently released various acclaimed records, culminating with a superb tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound in 2015. The aptly titled I Know Who I Am is a personal odyssey through love, guilt, and absolution, leading to self-acceptance and validation, expressed with ...


I Know Who I Am

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Track listing: Intro(Hallelujah); Elder Washington; Guilty; Servant’s Prayer; Lament In A Minor; Your Angel; Walk With Me; Father So Wise (Elder Washington); Hallelujah; Since I Laid My Burdens Down; Morning After Blues, Wholly Earth.


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Morning After Blues

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2016
Duration: 6:12


Article: Album Review

Kosi: Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound

Read "Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010) was a singer, actress, civil rights activist, writer, and artist. As one of jazz's truest storytellers, she painted from a stylistic palette that was as traditional as it was her own. After a string of albums in the late 1950s and early 1960s, she shunned the politics of the music industry to pursue ...


Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Learning How to Listen; Africa; Driva Man; Down Here Below; Caged Bird; Blue Monk; Wholly Earth; Hey Lordy Mama; Down Here Below (acoustic); Prelude: A Wedding Song.


News: Performance / Tour

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

Spirit Of Abbey Lincoln Invoked Through Up And Coming Jazz Singer's Theatrical Tribute And New Album Release

For two weekends in March, up and coming jazz singer-songwriter Kosi, accompanied by a four-piece band of world class musicians (Brendon Biagi, Aron Marchak, Christopher Hall, and Isaiah Pierce), will be performing a tribute to recently departed jazz icon Abbey Lincoln at the WOW Cafe Theater in jny: New York City. This tribute, called Ghosts Appearing ...


Article: Live Review

Kosi at The Way Station

Read "Kosi at The Way Station" reviewed by Tyran Grillo

Kosi The Way Station Brooklyn, NY June 24, 2015 Kosi has devalued the phrase “unsung hero" by being a valuable heroine of song. The New York-based singer-songwriter has dropped three albums so far in her fiercely independent career. Between the intimate guitar-accompanied One More Cup of Coffee and her full band ...


Article: Album Review

Kosi: Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound

Read "Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound" reviewed by Roger Farbey

This is the third album by New York City based vocalist and songwriter Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi). Ghosts Appearing Through The Sound is a tribute to one of Kosi's main influences, Abbey Lincoln, her other chief influence being Nina Simone. All ten tracks have a connection with Lincoln being either wholly or co-written by her.


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