Five World-Renowned Musicians On 180g Vinyl LP!
Encompasses Everything From Rock And Funk To Soul!
Impulsive, Dynamic & Downright Dangerous!
The all-star Mama Earth Project is a lineup of Joss Stone (vocals), Nitin
Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M'Bappé (bass/guitar) and
Jonathan Shorten (keyboards). The project started when British soul singer Joss
Stone and her former musical director Jonathan Joseph hit on the Mama Earth
concept of an album driven by the dynamic rhythms of Africa. A band was
assembled from all corners of the music world. Jonathan's compadre Étienne
M'Bappé, the dazzling Cameroon-born multi-instrumentalist whose résumé spans
from John McLaughlin to Robben Ford; Jonathan Shorten, who had produced much of
Stone's studio catalogue between penning some of the biggest hits for acts
including Gabrielle and (again) Joss Stone. Finally, there was Nitin Sawhney:
the genre-slipping wildcard and one-man musical tidal wave whose collaborations
take in Sting, Paul McCartney and the London Symphony Orchestra. The 5 musicians
convened at Stone's house, where the musical squad didn't take long to feel each
other out. Music was spontaneously written on the spot, without any preparation.
In the meantime, Stone purposefully kept her own creative process separate from
the four musicians.
"I left them to do their own thing with the music in the studio," she
reflects, "while I was cooking dinner in the kitchen. I deliberately didn't
have any input in the music, because I didn't want to affect it – or it'd all
come out hip-hop and R&B! Then they'd come across into the house, give me the
track and I'd sit in the kitchen writing lyrics and melodies with my mum. So it
was, like, 'You guys do you, and I'll do me – then we'll put it together'. And
that's the way it worked. I also went down to the river on my own with a pen and
paper and wrote in the grass by the river. Which was a good way to do it,
actually, The whole project is about Mother Nature. It's supposed to be from her
Just ten days after they came together – and following a powerful co-production
from all five band members – the Mama Earth sessions were over. And yet, you
sense that the story of this fascinating band is only just beginning. Impulsive,
dynamic and sometimes downright dangerous, this is an album unlike anything else
in the five musicians' respective CVs, unprecedented in the clinical modern
music scene – and sure to make waves upon its release.
"I guess this album is essentially how I think of music," considers
Sawhney. "It was all about being open to the moment. I think that's really
what I loved about this project. To me, Mama Earth is what music should be
• 180g Vinyl LP
• Limited time MP3 album download
• Made in the EU
Joss Stone, vocals
Jonathan Shorten, keyboards
Étienne M'Bappé, bass, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Nitin Sawhney, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Jonathan Joseph, drums, percussion
Pee Wee Ellis, sax
Chris Storr, trumpet
Winston Rollins, trombone
1. Mama Earth
2. Interlude 1
4. Interlude 2
6. Interlude 3
1. What Would She Say?
2. Interlude 4
4. Interlude 5