The Foreign Exchange Live . Date Posted: 01 February 2014

 

 

The Foreign Exchange Live

24,26 September 2014 | Jazz Cafe London
25 September 2014 | Hare and Hound Birmingham

Representative of how the Internet can aid in creating music, the Foreign Exchange started when Little Brother rapper Phonte heard a beat on Okayplayer.com by Dutch producer Nicolay and asked if he could lay some vocals over it. Nicolay agreed, and the song “Light It Up” appeared shortly after as the B-side to Little Brother’s 2002 single “Whatever You Say.” Relying mainly on instant messaging and email, the duo continued to work together, with Nicolay sending beats to Phonte, who would add vocals and send them back until they had enough tracks together to form an album. Not once during the entire process of making their debut, Connected, which came out in 2004, did the members of the Foreign Exchange speak over the phone or in person. Due in part to an increasing production load, Nicolay moved to the States, and Leave It All Behind, the second FE album — more R&B-oriented than the debut — was recorded. Released in 2008 and featuring a handful of stunning videos, its lead single, “Daykeeper,” was nominated for a 2010 Grammy in the category of Best Urban/Alternative Performance (and lost to India.Arie’s “Pearls”). After assisting two of their associates, YahZarah (The Ballad of Purple St. James) and Zo! (SunStorm), with albums, the Foreign Exchange released Authenticity. All three albums were issued in 2010 through The Foreign Exchange Music. A DVD/CD set, Dear Friends: An Evening with the Foreign Exchange (2011) and a two-disc set of remixes and new songs titled The Reworks (2013) preceded the group’s fourth studio album, Love in Flying Colors.

Early bird standing tickets from www.soulgigs.com priced at just £17.50, £20 after and motd

For restaurant bookings (same entry price as standing) email jazzcafe.boxoffice@mamagroup.co.uk leaving your name, phone number, amount of seats required and show you want to see and staff will call you back (normally within a couple of hours). Eating a main course is compulsory with restaurant seats. Jazz Cafe restaurant tickets are exclusive to the Jazz Cafe.

The Birmingham show will take place at the http://hareandhoundskingsheath.co.uk/event-listings/event/?eventID=10031201

General release from all good outlets from Wednesday 5th Feb 2014.

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