afropunk premiere: afro-beat-ska-jazz fusion band nubiyan twist drops vivacious single ‘headhunter’

April 28, 2016

Nubiyan Twist’s brand new track ‘Headhunter’ is a celebratory blend of ska-flavored jazz melodies, Afro-beats, and bright, jazzy horns. One of the tracks from their much-anticipated EP ‘Siren Song’, ‘Headhunter’ packs a heavy punch of eclectic dub-fusion that’s layered with neo-soul and latin instrumentation. “Nubiya takes inspiration from Nat King Cole and gives a nod to Wendy Rene’s ‘After Laughter’ in her writing. A less common addition to a Ska track is Latin percussion, with multiple layers of congas, güiro, triangle and agogo bells throughout. The horn section is also a step away from traditional ska, taking influence from Afro-beat and modern Jazz,” the band tells AFROPUNK. Listen to the track down below!

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

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