Future soul, jazz + afrobeat
“masterful… a fantastic debut” – Songlines ∆ “cool jazz vibes, uplifting horns and classy, soulful vocals…impressive debut – Blues n Soul ∆ “complex, muscular, honeyed yet assertive” – Independent ∆”Immaculate” – Lostinthemanor ∆ “fine horn arranging… interesting future” – Mojo ∆ “strong debut” Don’t Panic ∆ “A beautiful blend of groovy dub with uplifting horns and soulful female vocals” – The Guardian ∆ “a fresh direction” – Clash ∆ “Celebratory… packs a heavy punch” – Afropunk
Nubiyan Twist are a Leeds born, London based musical collective. Orchestrated by guitarist/producer Tom Excell, they create a unique, infectious sound in an eclectic mix of styles, drawing on jazz, hip-hop, afrobeat, latin, soul, reggae and dance music.
A blend of virtuosic players, skilled producers and inspired composers join forces to lay the foundations for singer & MC Nubiya Brandon’s soulful and melodic vocals.
With an epic 10 piece live show featuring a 4 piece horn section, 2 vocalists, electronics and an international (Brazil/UK) rhythm section, Nubiyan Twist create a powerful and unforgettable experience, equally at home lighting up late-night festival headliner slots or selling out jazz venues across Europe.
Their 2015 debut album Nubiyan Twist received strong support across the jazz, world and hiphop press, with support from sources as diverse as Huey Walker, David Rodigan, Craig Charles, The Independent, Songlines, Afropunk and SBTV. This was followed up with the Siren Song EP in 2016, and the Dance Inna London EP in 2017 (featuring 80s dancehall legend Supercat), with a 2nd album planned for spring 2018.
Since their humble beginnings at Leeds College of Music, the band have performed on huge stages across the world, being chosen by David Byrne to perform at Queen Elizabeth Hall for the South Bank’s Meltdown Festival, selling out London’s iconic Jazz Cafe, and rocking festival stages from Fusion to Wilderness, Boomtown to Edinburgh Jazz Festival, with their powerful sound and unique blend of styles.