Kamaal Williams (born Henry Wu) is a British musician and record producer. He began his career producing electronic music as Henry Wu, but rose to prominence with drummer Yussef Dayes as Yussef Kamaal, releasing their only album Black Focus in 2016. Williams has since released two solo albums under his record label Black Focus. Williams' musical style relies on improvisation, including live performances, and he creates music under his own genre of jazz, hip-ho, R&B and electronic music, which he dubs Wu Funk.
Despite influences such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane an Herbie Hancock, Williams has rejected the term jazz being applied to his music, citing the elitist and traditionalist connotations it evokes. Piotor Orlov of NPS said that Williams' jazz is grounded in post-MwandishiHerbie Hancock, Bob james and J Dilla productions. Williams has also listed Jamiroquai, Roy Ayers, Donald Byrd, Oxide & Neutrino, and his home city of London as influences on his music.
His headline show at the Bratislava Jazz Days is part of the tour to the new album Stings, which should surprise in autumn with a bit of new found oriental inspirations.
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