Farai’s debut album – a collaborative project between London based vocalist Farai Bukowski-Bouquet and musician & producer TONE – via Big Dada, documents a process of recovery. ‘Rebirth’ weaves together South East London landmarks, the bare-bones ethos of post-punk, and the experience of being part of the African diaspora, continuing the themes of their 2017 debut EP, ‘Kisswell’ (NON Worldwide). The lyrics of eponymous vocalist, Farai, are coloured by the different cities she’s lived in, including London. Having met TONE via Shop Floor Sessions, recording and writing followed in Hackney, Lewisham and a shared studio with Mica Levi aka Micachu. TONE laid down synthesisers and guitar to Farai’s poetry and drums were recorded with Marc Pell from Micachu & The Shapes. The result is Farai’s alternative vision of pop; distinctive and many-sided at once, poised between punk directness and flourishes of soulful warmth.
“So good. Might be the best track I’ve got actually on the show this evening and I’ve used it too early. Love that record” – Tom Ravenscroft
Farai Bukowski Bouquet is one of the most dazzling figures in current – and probably future – British music 9/10 – Spiegel (DE)
An important new album by a very important and gifted young artist. I highly recommend that you listen to Farai’s Rebirth today and any other day that you have to listen to anything beautiful, useful and true. – Yasiin Bey
‘Rebirth’ is definitely one of the hottest albums coming from England in all of 2018
– Sentire A Scoltare (IT)
The anger, poetry, rhythm and post-punk / hip-hop attitude of Farai make this work one of the most successful albums of the season
– Rockerilla (IT)