ANKHOR OUT MAY 5TH ON SONAR KOLLEKTIV
It was a long wait, but with her new album Ankhor, Belgian soul talent Liz Aku has proven once again that music is a calling rather than a profession. Honed and refined by years of collaboration with the best artists Belgium’s music scene has to offer, Liz Aku’s sound is the result of a journey. The first leg of it was spent working with musicians such as Ozark Henry, Sweet Coffee and DeLaVega, and resulted in the solo debut Me, Versatile Me.
Taken in by Berlin music label Sonar Kollektiv, known among other things for Jazzanova and Fat Freddy's Drop, a new chapter started to unfold. Searching for guidance in the production of her album, gut feeling next led her to the renowned Mara TK. This Electric Wire Hustle front man immediately recognized her talent and helped her find a more mature sound in faraway New Zealand. What can we say, sometimes you have to cross half the world to find yourself… Expect collabs with Chief & Deheb, Maximoe, Zulu Moon, Bart Maris, Lander Gyselinck and Potatohead People.
“With real confidence and a brave outlook in times of unrest, this album is an assertive musical statement and new bench mark for modern soul music that fans of greats like Jill Scott and Fatima are sure to love.”
“The two beat makers Chief and Deheb from Lausanne provide the groundworks for a modern soul two-stepper, coming to perfection with Madame Aku's mesmerizing tonsils and attracting the tag “future classic” along the way. “Slowly” is a song full of groove, sexiness, optimism and poppy catchiness.”
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Seasons Change: the video
“On her debut single, "Seasons Change," Liz Aku firmly establishes her voice like she's been doing so for years. With a soothing, soulful vocal performance with all sorts of personality, Aku shines over chilled out production influenced by jazz and future beats.”
Ankh + Anchor
The anchor is a symbol of both hope and steadfastness. We raise our anchor and venture forth into a new era of our life. We feel eager and alive and we are laden with hope, excitement, dreams, expectations, imaginings and aspirations. Our Spirit feels light and free as we face the cleansing breezes which take us to our next port-of-call.
The Hope we carry with us on our new voyage encourages us to follow the course we have plotted out and carry out the plans we have made. We are steadfast in our vision of the pursuit of our new Dream. Our new hope prevents us from drifting in confusion as our thought processes are now focused on new dreams, creations and ideas. (Joseph Panek)
Ankh: Eternal Life. The Ankh not only is a symbol of Life but the essential elements that create life.
EN: With a voice that invokes jazzy sweetness and soulful finger snaps, Liz Aku stands fluid and strong. After embarking on a transformational journey where she had the opportunity to work with bands such as Delavega, Internationals and Jerboa, Liz took off to NZ, where she not only found herself but also Mara Tk from Electric Wire Hustle, who intuitively understood how to capture her gift. Ankhor, the new Soul album by Liz features collaborations with artists like Chief & Deheb, Zulu Moon, Bart Maris, Lander Gyselinck and Potatohead People. This is not to be missed.
NL: Een stem die teruggrijpt naar de essentie. Jazzy sferen en soulful vingerknippen. Liz Aku staat sterk en dat zullen we geweten hebben. Na haar opgemerkte passages bij onder meer DeLaVega, Internationals en Jerboa trok Liz naar Nieuw-Zeeland. Ze kwam er niet alleen zichzelf tegen maar ook Mara TK, frontman van Electric Wire Hustle, die haar warme klasse wist vast te leggen op plaat. Ankhor is het nieuwe soulalbum van Liz Aku met bijdrages van o.a. Chief & Deheb, Zulu Moon, Bart Maris, Lander Gyselinck en Potatohead People.