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Toronto Emcee and Producer Xolisa Releases album: And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges
Debut album features singles/videos: “The Fallen” and “Here”
TORONTO (June 1, 2016) -- Written and self- produced by Xolisa (KO-Lee-Sah), And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges, is the Toronto-based, Trinidadian-Canadian emcee’s debut album, featuring the singles and music videos, “The Fallen” and “Here”.
And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges is a collection of stories and experiences with an unapologetic emphasis placed on the history and current societal conflicts impacting Black men, women and children. “I’m expressing my feelings on self-love, self-evolution, resilience, defiance, political awareness and spirituality through the subjects of racism, oppression, genocide and police brutality- all of which equally frustrate and disgust me,” explains Xolisa. “However, overall the album is my declaration of faith and belief in humanity’s ability to overcome the collective obstacles of hurt, pain and destruction inflicted on ourselves and one another.”
The album’s lead single, “The Fallen”, allows listeners to venture into the heart, soul and mind of someone struggling through the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual shock of losing a loved one. “It’s a story about a person who has one foot in the realm of acceptance and the other in denial, refusing to accept that their best friend has been subtracted from their life,” explains Xolisa.
On “Here”, a landscape of progressive drums, abstract synths and dusty, psychedelic piano chords, she directs hard questions at humanity and herself, “How can we move forward as a people if I can't look at myself? How can I look at myself without admitting I need help sometimes?” Xolisa concludes, “We cannot cross this bridge until we realize that it needs crossing, ‘matta fact. We cannot cross this bridge until we realize just, just where we at - we here.”
By weaving futuristic and boom bap threads, Xolisa tailors a musical garment rich with intricate lyricism, stimulating wordplay, raw vulnerability and lush harmonies; fastened with neo-soul and dancehall buttons; adorned with house and calypso embroidery – into a suit fit only for the strong of heart.
And Gaps Do Lead To Bridges was written, produced and mixed by Xolisa at The Xove Studios and was engineered and mastered by GC Garlow and Keita Juma
In Xolisa's words, “This album is dedicated to us -- to the People. I know we'll make it to the other side, of our obstacles, one day soon.”
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