We introduced different times South London singer-songwriter and musician Oscar Jerome, who also plays in Brownswood afrobeat collective Kokoroko. Now he has released his first full-length called Breathe Deep which is out now via Caroline International. It features bandmates in Afrobeat group Kokoroko plus Lianne La Havas and friends in Sons of Kemet, Ezra Collective and Maisha.
He explains: “‘Breathe Deep’ is a pretty broad presentation of who I am musically and my journey to get to this point. On a personal level, it’s a reflection of the effort put in during that path of self-bettering, both emotionally and in life more broadly. It’s about preparing oneself for failure and growing from that. Taking a moment to step back and see where things are going and where one has been.” On top of that, Oscar explains, it also addresses “the resilience of people, which is reflected in the more political moments on the album. The world is a messed up place but people still find ways of preparing themselves for it.”