"She's got the makings of a rhythm driven, Urban Underground Folk Legend." -Guy Davis
Rabasi Joss is a GRAMMY Award-nominated music producer/archivist and a Brooklyn-based soul/jazz/folk singer-songwriter.
Inspired by her decade-long work creating award-winning multimedia documentary music projects and crossing paths with such legends as Pete Seeger, Tim Robbins, Jane Fonda, and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, she is now returning to the stage and studio as a performing & recording artist.
Joss grew up in the Washington DC area on 90s R&B and 60s folk music, with a passion for blues, jazz, soul and funk. Her influences include Bonnie Raitt, Bill Withers, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Erykah Badu, Prince, Ella Fitzgerald, Mariah Carey, Sade, Lizz Wright, Greg Brown, Pura Fe, Tricky, and the Meters. Her sound is a Mid-Atlantic blend of folk, jazz, country, blues, hip-hop and soul. She has been invited to open for Richie Havens and the Persuasions, and has performed at venues including the Blue Note, the Bitter End, the Living Room, Cats Cradle and Jammin Java.
Ten years in the making and recorded at the legendary Magic Shop Studio (Norah Jones, David Bowie), "Heliotrope" explores the evolution of American roots music, geography, and connections between intergenerational artists.
released May 19, 2017
All Songs © Rabasi Joss/Nahani Star (ASCAP) 2017 except: “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison and “Clap Hands” by Tom Waits
Produced by Baba Israel
Recorded at Magic Shop Studio, NYC
Features Soul Inscribed with John Kruth and Larry Estridge, Geri Allen and Barbara Dane:
Engineered by Kabir Hermon
Mixed by Matthew Boynton
Mastered by Jessica Thompson
Design by Lisa Owens
Photography by Sophie Brill
Heliotrope font by Raphael Santiago
Consulting by Saniye and 6/8 Records
Legal Counsel: John Roth