Esinam is a Belgian-Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist based in Brussels. Already at a very young age, she became fascinated by music, in particular by percussion instruments such as the tama. The piano was her first main instrument, Esinam then opted for the flute. She creates a musical world of her own, filled with rhythms, grooves, melodies and loops.
Solely carried away by sound, ESINAM succeeds in blending her soulful voice with traditional African percussion, adding here and there some electronic in uences combined with sensible melodies and ute improvisations. Her compositions carry traces from numerous geographical, cultural and musical in uences, which she collected from her personal history and through various travels, encounters, tours and collaborations.
After starting her solo career as a “one woman band” – sampling and looping all instruments herself to build her tracks – she recently invited other musicians to join her in order to have a full live band. Still performing with both her solo and band set-up, ESINAM always unveils herself by orchestrating an authentic music full of poetry, with rhythms and melodies that make her a unique voice in today’s jazz-and-beyond scene, leaving no listener untouched.
As a flutist and also percussionist, she plays or has played in, amongst others, Marockin Brass, Kel Assouf, Témé Tan and Sysmo. She has also been solicited recently by Baloji, Ibaaku and Jaguar Jaguar for musical collaborations. ESINAM has been invited as opening act for internatinonal artists including Mélanie de Biasio, Alsarah & The Nubatones, Selah Sue, Moses Sumney and Mayra Andrade.
‘NEW DAWN’ is the first single from ESINAM’s debut album. This track carries the meaning of new hope, a new day where everything is possible.
‘NEW DAWN’ is a highly danceable song with a poetic spoken word outro by London based multi-artist Nadeem Din-Gabisi. The music is inspired by Ghanaian Afrobeat and results in a mix of Afro-urban-flute-jazz: the power of rhythm and percussion is combined with a poppy melody that draws from underground soul music.
NEW DAWN debut single out 30th of April 2021.
ESINAM will release her debut album on W.E.R.F. Records this summer.
(has collaborated with Sampa the Great, Steam Down…)
Nadeem is an artist whose practice is centred around the re-presentation of the black image, pertaining to people of African Descent and the limitlessness of what it means to be black, other and more than that. His work critically and playfully examines himself, the current present and any and all time, before and after that. He is part of musical duo An Alien Called Harmony with collaborator MettaShiba, they have released two singles in 2020 and are currently working on an EP. Nadeem is currently working on his debut album project POOL which focuses on his life and the lives of young black men in inner and outer London, questioning why some sink, why some swim and why others don’t enter the POOL. His most recent film MASS was selected and screened at Glasgow Short Film Festival in 2021.
(...)“She’s committed, she’s passionate and she really is a jack of all trades. Time to pay this woman a visit and listen to her story.”(...)
Red Bull Elektropedia - https://redbullelektropedia.be/article/fresh-on-the-scene-esinam
“Niet alleen die jonge wolven van de hiphop triomferen in onze top tien deze week, maar ook andere koppige bastaards als Skinny Pelembe, Esinam en Chris! […] Op deze eerste ep wil Esinam niet kiezen: zinderende etnologie-soul à la Ibeyi, noisy Avantgarde-elektronica, dwarse r&b en polyritmische tribalmuziek. Alles zigzagt er door elkaar. Heftig!”
“You could call her the Belgian answer to Binkbeats.”
(...)EP Esinam is a sonorous force, a multi-layer-voice-flute multi-machines, who never loses the final and clear goal: spin towards emotion by opening the field of possibilities (...)
Focus Le Vif - Interview
(...)"It's a beautiful mixture, a kind of twilight atmosphere shot through with burst of radiant colour"(...)
Employing the loop, flute and percussive instruments, Dogbatse went into her own world and dished out tunes that captured the imagination of the audience, who cheered and applauded in response.
Belgium based, flutist Esinam Dogbatse rocked the audience with a stimulating flute work that tended to reflect the echo of an open landscape while digging deep into Ghanaian traditional rhythms(…)
(...) These rhythms, imperceptibly offbeat, lightly distended, fragile and elastic. She sets them free with a excess of warmth and humanity both beautiful and mesmerizing. (…)
(…) She delicately modulates the loops and cycles of the music through which sublime rhythms superimpose over each other. (...)
(...)"She started playing the piano at a young age, was a freelance in different bands, but gradually she evolved into a one woman band that fabricates sound collages with African influences, electronics & cosmic jazz."(...)
(...) On stage, from the centre of a circle of lights, her sound and moves stun. If you don't believe in magic, that may change once you hear her hypnotic flute lines.(...) - Propulse
Le Focus Vif