We introduced different times South London singer-songwriter and musician Oscar Jerome, who also plays in Brownswood afrobeat collective Kokoroko. Now he announced the release of his first full-length titled Breathe Deep which will be out on July 10th via via Caroline International. It features bandmates in Afrobeat group Kokoroko plus Lianne La Havas and friends in Sons of Kemet, Ezra Collective and Maisha.
We already shared “Sun For Someone”; “Your Saint” is a new excerpt which features the rapper and poet Brother Portrait. Oscar wrote the song whilst in Paris, dismayed at the sight of homeless Syrian families being forced to live out of cold, overcrowded metro stations. He explains: “The journey these people have taken draws a lot of parallels with Greek Mythology and the Old Testament. The inability for large supposedly-Christian societies like the French or British to welcome and help people that are fleeing conflict and poverty is completely hypocritical to their claimed values.” Listen below.