Kamaal Williams

Fairmount Theatre
5240 Parc ave, Montréal, QC H2V 4G7
FIJM presents
  • November 27, 8 p.m.
    $20, taxes and fees included
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By the time he left high school, Williams was an in-demand keyboardist, working in various funk groups around London. He joined dubstep singer Katy B's backing band and spent two years with the group. Around 2011, he left the band and converted to Islam, adopting the name Kamaal Williams. He signed with the artist-run 22a label and began producing his own tracks, combining his love of jazz with house music and electronic broken beat sounds. Around 2016, he befriended drummer Yussef Dayes and formed the jazz-funk duo Yussef Kamaal.

 

After parting ways with Dayes, Williams returned in 2018 with his solo debut, The Return. The album found him honing his jazz-funk and electronic hybrid sound, working alongside bandmates drummer Joshua McKenzie (aka MckNasty), bassist Pete Martin, and sound engineer Richard Samuels. In early 2019, he dropped the 12" single "New Heights (Visions of Aisha Malik)" b/w "Snitches Brew." The former was co-produced with Darkhouse Family and married an elastic bass line to Williams' loopy, stone groove-centric keyboard playing. The flip side showcased a delirium-drenched funky psychedelia and featured guitarist Mansur Brown, who also worked with Yussef Kamaal.

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