Saturday, June 17, 2017

Stranger Danger: Kutiman and "Stranger on the Follow"

Our random tune for today is called Stranger on the Follow. It is performed by Kutiman, an Israeli musician, composer, producer and animator who is best known for a viral/audio mashup online album called Thru You and an ongoing series called Thru the City. Born Ophir Kutiel in Jerusalem, Kutiel started piano at the age of six and learned how to play drums and guitar by 14. He moved to Tel Aviv at eighteen to study jazz, where he was introduced to other types of music through college radio. He also met Israeli music artist Sabbo, and was introduced to Afrobeat and funk. In 2003, Kutiman went to Jamaica to research reggae and where he collaborated with Stephen and Damien Marley. He has been nominated for various awards including a Webby, and he won the Vibe Israel & Shorty Story award for outstanding content creator in Israel after the release of his 2016 album 6AM. Stranger on the Follow can be found on that album.