Amai Kuda et Les Bois, the Toronto-based “musical movement” has released new single “Eshu.” It is described as “A prayer, an invocation, a Soca-Caiso jam and a work of political resistance all in one”. The name of the song, ‘Eshu’, is also the name of a god to whom it is dedicated. Eshu is the Orisha (god) of the crossroads in the Yoruba tradition. He is perceived to be…

…a trickster that carries messages and offerings between humans and the other Orishas. He is neither good nor bad, but exists at the conjunction between the two. He is present every time two roads diverge in life and in the world.

Amai Kuda adds:

In the song Eshu’, I am speaking directly to this being and at times his voice comes through. This work, like a lot of my material, focuses primarily on the relationship between the human and the divine, and is also simultaneously very political.

Amai Kuda, also wants to use the release of the song “as a way to raise awareness around African spiritual traditions that are so often misunderstood and maligned”.

More about Amai Kuda et Les Bois:

Amai Kuda et Les Bois don’t fit into the usual boxes. Breaking boundaries is part of their superpower. Not a band or a solo act, they prefer to call themselves ‘a movement.’ Led by Amai Kuda, their shows and albums always begin with the pouring of libations and the invocation of ancestors. This spiritual element weaves its way throughout all their music, whether that be soothing acoustic ballads, dancy electronic grooves or alt-rock-hiphop-infused political tracks.