Dave Okumu drops ‘I Came From Love’ live albumListen here
Today, Dave Okumu releases the utterly stunning live album from an unforgettable performance at London’s The Roundhouse. To celebrate the release he also shares a live film from the night.
On the live album and film Dave says, “On 20th April 2023 I enjoyed the immense privilege of celebrating the imminent launch of my first album as The Seven Generations with a life changing performance at The Roundhouse as part of their In The Round series.
We built a village of story tellers to bring the vision of the record to life on stage. With the support of The Roundhouse, a choir of extraordinary young singers, led by Alice Grant and ESKA, was constructed from the ground up to embody and deliver the deeply personal and universal stories contained within the record. In addition to this, I surrounded myself with a host of dream weaving musicians, my creative collaborators who elevate me by their presence alone.
I’ve always been captivated by the intersection of depth and immediacy that only performance can bring about and this night stands as a personal highlight of that shared experience. It has become increasingly important for me to find ways of archiving these special moments and I can think of no one better equipped to get to the essence of this particular journey than my dear friend and collaborator, the film maker Nicolas Premier. Reflected back at me in this film is the very heart and intent of the process. A play date with the divine.”
The album I Came From Love, released in April 2023, is a tapestry of the Black experience that explores ancestry, the legacy of slavery, what it means to exist in an unjust society, and Okumu’s own family history.
On Okumu’s project I Came From Love, he calls on a star-studded array of guests, including Grace Jones, Eska, Kwabs, Wesley Joseph, Robert Stillman, Anthony Joseph and Raven Bush. Rather than release solely under his name, Okumu has chosen the moniker ‘Dave Okumu & the 7 Generations’, which Okumu sees as “my actual ancestors, the ancestors of others, my musical ancestors, and my descendants”.
Watch the film below.