For almost ten years, Tutu Puoane walked around with the poetry collection In A Ribbon Of Rhythm by her South African compatriot Lebogang Mashile under her arm. Mashile’s poems made a deep and lasting impression on her, and every time she read them, she heard music.
She decided to write a bunch of new songs based on some of her favorites from Mashile’s collection, together with her partner-in-life-and-in-music, pianist Ewout Pierreux. The result is an original and glowing repertoire sounding like her own African mix of singer-songwriting, jazz and soul.
This music forms the basis for her new album ‘Wrapped In Rhythm’, which is produced by the legendary American musician/bassist/producer Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Thomas Dybdahl, Herbie Hancock, …) and which will be released in the spring of 2024, with a Belgian club tour starting from April ’24 followed by an international tour in ’24-’25.