Extra Soul Perception (ESP.) are today announcing their brand new project in collaboration with British Council & Arts Council England. ESP. is a creative collaboration that brings together innovative artists from the UK, Kenya and Uganda for a week-long writing camp in Nairobi. The result will be an audio-visual album, a documentary and series of events in East Africa and the UK.
ESP. aims to create new tangents in soul music, inspired by the fusion experiments of American saxophonist Monk Higgins, on his 1968 album of the same name. It’s led by an open-minded approach of harmonising different sounds, techniques and traditions, to celebrate commonality across borders and change perceptions of a long-established genre.
It’s been facilitated by new Arts new Audiences. Created by the British Council, new Arts new Audiences (nAnA) is an annual open call for 18 to 35-year-old artists, arts organisations and art collectives from the UK and East Africa to create new art together, and to showcase this art to audiences across these countries.