Kosi

Kosi (neé Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influencers, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. “I am not creating anything,” she says, “nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough.” She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.

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Indeed, with a voice husky with emotion, Kosi sings her heart out. Singing about love, reflecting upon urban life or just whistling upon guitar riffs, Kosi is generous with her approach to voicing rhythm. A delicate touch reminiscent of Tracy Chapman, some blues influences, and simple words are components of Kosi's approach to jazz. — Mehdi El Mouden for All About Jazz

From jazz to blues to neo-soul: it’s all there, pre-tapped and ready to be heard, but with such freshness of vision that it could be from no other singer

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