TE'AMIR Releases Second EP Of 2018, ABYSSINIA RISE Today On Tru Thoughts

TE'AMIR Releases Second EP Of 2018, ABYSSINIA RISE Today On Tru Thoughts

Acclaimed Los Angeles drummer and producer Te'Amir released his second EP of 2018, Abyssinia Rise, today on Tru Thoughts. Abyssinia Rise follows the July release of the Abyssinia EP which gained recognition from tastemakers such as Jeremy Sole (KCRW) and Garth Trinidad (KCRW), producer and DJ Carlos Niño, Mochilla, Red Bull Music Academy Radio and Okayplayer. In advance of today's release, Stamp The Wax premiered the track "Salam" - listen + share.

Born and raised in Venice Beach to musical parents, including a father from Ethopia, who introduced him to Ethio-jazz, the greats of reggae, blues, jazz and pop such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear, John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Michael Jackson, as well as regularly jamming with friends in the family living room. The Abyssinia EP project is for Te'Amir, a way for me to connect with Ethiopia. I've never been there so I use the music to take me there". Discussing "Salam", Te'Amir continues, "it brings me peace. I used to listen to it in the morning so I called it Salam, which means peace and is usually used as a greeting."

Te'Amir attended the Hamilton Music Academy where he studied Afro-diasporic percussion and rhythms through his involvement with the musical group Alma da Batucada. He continued his training in drumming at the Musicians Institute in L.A. after which he met Aloe Blacc at a recording session for Vikter Duplaix. Aloe asked Te'Amir to put a band together for him to perform at the Stones Throw Anniversary show, and he subsequently became Aloe's touring drummer, which he has continued off and on for the past decade, additionally performing with artists such as Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamar, Kadhja Bonet, Ethio Cali, Mark de Clive-Lowe, YG,Kamaiyah, Kelis, Sahr Ngaujah, Allen Stone, Shafiq Husayn, Quantic and Tewodros Tadesse, amongst others.

The diverse musical education Te'Amir received from his family instilled in him solid musical roots, which he's maintained in the beat driven soulful explorations he produces today. Seeing music as key to his enjoyment of life, Te'Amir states that his driving force to make music comes from: "the joy of creating". Essentially, it is Te'Amir's innate wish to create that has driven him throughout his life.

About Tru Thoughts:

Formed in 1999, Tru Thoughts are an eclectic label based in Brighton, UK, home to artists such as Quantic, Moonchild, Te'Amir, The Hot 8 Brass Band, and many more in the left-field electronic, soul, and world, and jazz genres. Still running from Brighton, but now with a sister office in LA, Tru Thoughts have released over 120 albums and are still 100% independent.

Tru Thoughts publishing company Full Thought Publishing works alongside the label, whilst also attracting a wide catalogue of non-Tru Thoughts music.

www.tru-thoughts.co.uk / www.fullthought.co.uk



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