Hiatus Kaiyote formed in mid-2011, and ever since, they have been racking
up accolades, including Best Breakthrough Artist Of The Year at Gille’s Peterson’s Worldwide Awards, album of the week on Gilles
Peterson’s show on BBC Music 6, and props from luminaries such as Eyrkah Badu, Questlove, Shafiq Husayn, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, James Poyser, Pharaoh Monch and Jean Grae.Their debut release, Tawk Tomahawk, peaked in the Top 10 played Albums on KCRW in June and July, 2012.
They have just been nominated for a Grammy Award for the song ‘Nakamarra’ described by the band as “… a direct ode to their Australian identity, taking its name from an indigenous skin name and referencing the majestic red earth that Nai Palm roamed as a child. Nai Palm has been known to sing death lullabies to soothe suffering animals, a shamanistic quality that carries over into her lyrics. “Nakamarra sweet red earth will hold you like the strength you bless to me true we engage humility/ watch me struggle with your words however truthful they may be we’ll see in time/opening our hearts and nurturing our minds to shine.” Q-Tip lends his voice for collaborative verse on the track that is featured exclusively on the re-released album.