Yussef Dayes Explores Familial Connections With ‘The Light’

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Yussef Dayes has shared new song ‘The Light’.

The London based percussionist and composer will release his debut artist album next month, a hugely broad, eclectic, and profoundly honest experience. Out on September 8th, ‘Black Classical Music’ features a range of guests, and will be accompanied by a huge UK tour – including a one-off show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

New song ‘The Light’ merges the celestial aspects of spiritual jazz with a moment of absolute intimacy. Bahia Dayes – the artist’s own daughter – features, and the track becomes a meditation on familial links, and the responsibilities of fatherhood.

Quietly overpowering in the purity of its emotional approach, the broad arrangement is showered in twinkling light. Yussef comments…

‘The Light’ celebrates the birth of my daughter Bahia Dayes. Born in February 2020, just before the whirlwind of Covid, a beautiful light came into my life. 2020 turned out to be one of the most special times in my life. Becoming a father to my beautiful princess Bahia, being able to take time from touring and nurture my family at home was something I’ll cherish forever.

‘The Light’ is a Dayes lullaby song. The sweet harpsichord is a sound that Bahia was captivated by, although it was also a song she fell asleep too. An ode to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Isn’t she Lovely’ I wanted to add Bahia’s voice from footage & voice notes I’ve recorded over the last few years since her birth. Bahia introduces the song and shares her positive affirmations with her mum; something she can’t go to sleep without doing now.

Thank you to Rocco Palladino on bass, Charlie Stacey on harpsichord and keys, Miles James on guitar and production, recorded by Christoph Skirl at Echo Zoo studios, Rory Cashmere on co-production & Russell Elevado on the beautiful mix. Love.

Tune in now.

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Photo Credit: Danika Magdelena