The new album features new band members Tio Moloantoa on bass and Andile Nqubezelo on percussion, and this funky new combination—completing the new band title Xavier Rudd and Iziuntaba—is a great accompaniment for summer drives and kicking back with friends.
Koonyum Sun is much lighter than Rudd’s previous Dark Shades of Blue which felt a little ominous and heavy. The mixture of funk, reggae, blues and folk with undertones of Australian Aboriginal and South African influences creates a great base for Rudd’s soulful and bright voice. The trademark slide guitar and didgeridoo are still present on tracks like “Love Comes & Goes” and title track “Koonyum Sun”.
Themes in Rudd’s songs still contain his special blend of environmental activism, social consciousness and cross-cultural influences. “Fresh Green Freedom” is an example of Rudd’s care for the earth: “Share with me this beautiful day/Listen to the birds sing softly/Lay with me and drift away/Follow me to the ocean”. His earthly metaphors and messages are omnipresent throughout Koonyum Sun.
Rudd and Iziuntaba are currently on a Canadian tour, making stops in Vancouver and Victoria, BC June 4 and 6 respectively.