We’re keeping our focus on the sounds of the southern hemisphere this week with a look at a hugely talented half-Mauritian artist that somehow manages to pack a whole heap of quality global styles in to his work.
Working off the incredible One-Handed Music Label, recently nominated by Gilles Peterson for the best label of 2010, Mo Kolours releases his debut, ‘EP1: Drum Talking,’ later this month. This London based singer-percussionist, draws inspiration from the ‘Sega’ music of Mauritius, before injecting some warped electronic beats, vocals and plenty of soul.
Rather than simply following current trends, or looking to drop a release in the coolest new hipster genre, Mo Kolours seems intent on staying true to himself and his cultural heritage. He discusses this in a decent interview with the Mint Collective, that should also act as pretty good advice for other artists trying to develop their own sound:
You can currently grab this top-notch free track off the new EP, or head over to Bandcamp and preorder the whole thing on vinyl for only 6quid: