Monday 5th September 2016
£15.00 - £15.00
Late Show Special solo show from Nai Palm, the lead singer / guitarist of Hiatus Kaiyote.
Nai palm is the striking and wildly talented frontwoman of the internationally acclaimed neo-soul group, Haitus Kaiyote, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. Their music strikes the perfect note merging poetry and polyrhythms. Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Flying Lotus, traditional flamenco and music from Mali and Colombia have influenced the group. “You’re eradicating labels of barriers,” says Nai Palm. “The words are important, but the way they’re shaped makes them malleable for the listener to absorb. How you proceed involves a larger activity and I love that.”
Singer songwriter Nai Palm was the gravitational force that crystallized the vision for Hiatus Kaiyote’s brand of future soul. “I always knew I wanted to be in a band, but I never knew it could be my own conversation,” she says. Her performance with a pink nylon-stringed guitar at a small Melbourne club inspired bass player Paul Bender to seek her out. Hiatus Kaiyote played their first gig at the Bohemian Masquerade Ball among sword swallowers, fire twirlers and gypsy death core bands — a setting that suited their eclectic nature. Nai Palm had actually worked as fire dancer in Melbourne before she focused on music. The musician Taylor McFerrin came across Hiatus Kaiyote on tour in Australia, and soon the word spread like wildfire. “Everyone who has come in contact with it has promoted it,” says Nai Palm. “Questlove and Erykah Badu have gone out of their way to promote the band. There’s been so much support from the community of musicians locally and internationally. As a musician that’s what it’s about.” Stereogum singled out Hiatus Kaiyote as a “Band to Watch.” Gilles Peterson named them the Breakthrough Artist of 2013.
At the core of their sound is an untethered quality that links them to the wide-open landscape of Australia. The song ‘Nakamarra’ is a direct ode to their Australian identity, taking its name from an indigenous skin name and referencing the majestic red earth that Nai Palm roamed as a child. Nai Palm has been known to sing death lullabies to soothe suffering animals, a shamanistic quality that carries over into her lyrics. “Nakamarra sweet red earth will hold you like the strength you bless to me true we engage humility/ watch me struggle with your words however truthful they may be we'll see in time/opening our hearts and nurturing our minds to shine.”
Two albums and two Grammy Award nominations later, Hiatus Kiayote continue to write new music constantly. “What I’ve learned is the power of sharing your story with people,” says Nai Palm. And there is so much more to share…
This special intimate performance by the band’s striking front woman is sure to include gritty, soulful covers, flashes of new material, and stripped down Hiatus Kaiyote tunes.