by Bernard Perusse, Gazette Music Columnist
Published July 12th 2011 in The Montreal Gazette
German-born musician Yeshe has spent his life travelling the world and finding his own voice in other musical cultures. Which is why, like his friend and supporter Harry Manx, he makes it tough for writers to come up with an easy, hyphen-filled description of his work. Yeshe’s sound is, however, sometimes identified by his use of the mbira, an African thumb piano that gives his songs a dreamlike quality.
He’ll be at Upstairs on Thursday to play his songs – including some from his new album, Roots & Wings – for both converts and Montrealers who haven’t yet heard him.
Here are Yeshe’s current playlist favourites:
1. I Am Not Afraid Ayo
2. Cay’s Crays Fat Freddy’s Drop
3. Dew on Roses Harry Manx
4. America K’naan
5. Lero-Lero Luísa Maita
6. Redemption Song Bob Marley
7. Bonde Ali Farka Touré and Ry Cooder
8. Dove of Peace Patrice
9. Aotearoa Trinity Roots
10. Foolish and the Wise Midnite
Yeshe performs Thursday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. at Upstairs Jazz Bar and Grill, 1254 Mackay St. Tickets cost $17.50 at the door.