Pitchin’ Tunes: “Time To Smile” by Xavier Rudd & Izintaba

Xavier Rudd & Izintaba
Featured Artist for April 29, 2010


Australian-Canadian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd returned this month with his latest album, Koonyum Sun, which marks a fresh musical and spiritual awakening for the singer, perhaps most notably as it’s his first with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo under the unified banner of Xavier Rudd & Inzintaba.

Though the trio has been performing together for many months, Koonyum Sun is their first collaborative collection of songs — a triangle of influence that carries a piece of each individual member, yet keeps them all connected.

“It’s been the most inspirational musical experience of my life,” shares Rudd about his writing with Tio and Andile. “We have an undeniable connection — musically, spiritually, and emotionally. I feel like they were sent to me.”

Rudd believes his music is a gift from his ancestor’s and part of his journey is to share it and use it to connect with others. With Koonyum Sun, he’s poised to re-link with old and new listeners alike, and couldn’t be more eager.

Xavier Rudd kicks off his Canadian tour on May 14 in Quebec City, followed by dates across the country. Visit his website for the full list of tour dates at www.xavierrudd.com.

“Time To Smile” by Xavier Rudd & Izintaba

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W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls.In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.