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Ibeseke 09:23
Dry Season 06:18
Honey Wine 13:27
Angry Woman 12:38
No Problem 07:49


Honey Wine is the first of two albums, years in the making, featuring special guest Sophie Nzayisenga. Sophie is a vocalist and the only professional female inanga player in the world. The inanga is a ten string zither-like instrument so rare there isn’t even a wikipedia page for it. We are also joined by legendary jazz bassist and multi-instrumentalist William Parker and percussionist Tim Keiper who has toured internationally with Vieux Farka Toure, Cyro Baptista, Matisyahu, and many others.

I first met Sophie when I went to Rwanda in 2009 to give street performances in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the Genocide against the Tutsi. I had for years been fascinated by this rare instrument after hearing it on a CD from the Nonesuch Explorer Series called Burundi: Music from the Heart of Africa (where inanga is also widespread.) As I was planning my trip, I became aware that inanga is the national instrument of Rwanda and voiced my interest in finding an inanga player to collaborate with there, so some friends introduced me to Sophie who at the time didn’t speak a word of English. During that trip we performed together at the Goethe Institute of Kigali.

Soon began a four year quest to bring Sophie to New York City to perform and record with my band here. The first obstacle was funding, which was done through Indiegogo and eventually a grant from the Puffin Foundation. A more troubling and unusual hindrance was the USA immigration bureaucracy. My first attempt to bring Sophie to New York City failed when the State Department denied her a visa in 2013, after I’d already invested considerable personal resources in the project. In 2015, with intervention from the Rwandan government, the State Department finally authorized Sophie to travel to and from the USA.

Some of the songs on Honey Wine are fully improvised such as the title track. Ibeseke is a song of Sophie’s, and the rest are compositions I assembled by studying the rhythmic patterns of classic inanga masters such as Joseph Sebatunzi and assimilating Western and other scales to the pentatonic inanga patterns.


released March 10, 2017

Jeremy Danneman - Saxophones & Clarinet
Sophie Nzayisenga - Inanga & Vocals
William Parker - Bass
Tim Keiper - Drums & Production

Special thanks to the many supporters of Parade of One and to the Puffin Foundation.

Recorded at the Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY
May 3 and 4, 2015.
Mixed by John Davis at the Bunker Studio
Mastered by Alan Silverman at Arf! Mastering
Tracks 2, 4, 5, and 6 composed by Jeremy Danneman. Track 1 by Sophie Nzayisenga.
Track 3 by Danneman, Nzayisenga, Parker, and Keiper.
Track 5 by Jeremy Danneman and Sophie Nzayisenga.


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Jeremy Danneman New York, New York

Jeremy Danneman is a New York City based saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and educator, and is the Founder of Parade of One Inc, an international musical outreach organization. Danneman’s music has been featured in multiple films, and as an educator, he has guest lectured at high schools and universities worldwide. In 2015, his first album, Lady Boom Boom, will be released on Ropeadope Records. ... more

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