Artist Spotlight: Father Sky, Abdou Khadre Kambaye

An intimate yet passionate evening of local music occurred at Circle A Sunday evening, featuring performances from Father Sky and Abdou Khadre Kambaye. Friends and music lovers came out and supported.

Father Sky is Anthony Deutsch – a pianist, composer, and vocalist. He has been a professional musician for about a decade and performs rather minimalist, utilizing a keyboard and his voice.

“When I moved down here, I was playing in a jazz trio a bunch, and then I slowly started doing original music. I haven’t really been doing it with a band so it just became a solo thing. I was trying to figure out a name for the project a few years ago, and there’s a song I have where there’s a lyric, “Father Sky and Mother Earth, give me life for what it’s worth” and my bass player in the trio thought I should go by Father Sky, so I stuck with it. I don’t want people to think like I’m God (laughs), but it’s a cool name.”

Deutsch dropped his debut self-titled album in 2017. He has slowly been piecing together a new body of work.

“I play music for a living, so that’s always keeping me busy. I haven’t quite figured out how I want to record everything, but I’ve gotten to a place where I’ll be releasing some singles. I recorded a song for a local film and that kind of threw me into this state of figuring out how to record my own music, and I’ve decided that I’m gonna do everything on my own and cut out all the middle men…it’s too complicated and expensive to go record places. It’s not too hard to make a quality recording and I’m more concerned about just getting the music out. It sounds lame, but I’ve just been writing about existence and observing the world around me. I have one love song; to me the greatest love songs are old jazz standards.”

Father Sky has some jazz quartet shows lined up at The Jazz Estate, but does not currently have more shows under his own name booked.

Abdou Khadre Kambaye is originally from Dakar, Senegal, West Africa. He plays the kora – a twenty-one stringed instrument that combines features of a lute and harp.

“I like to share my energy with people and share my music, because I play a different type of music – it’s traditional African. I’m very happy about tonight. I’ve been in Milwaukee for one year…so far so good. The winter is not the same and it’s cold, but we’re surviving.”

He is focused on getting out into the city playing shows more. This had been his first show with upright bassist Eston Bennett, who plays in blues-psych-rock band Thriftones and with folk singer-songwriter Joseph Huber.

“We’re working on getting better with every show and keep practicing so we can get into the studio. I’ve already got all my songs, but when you play with someone who doesn’t understand your music, you’ve got to practice more. I’ve been playing with Eston for a month, and I know if we keep playing we’ll be great.”

In terms of 2020 goals, Abdou Khadre Kambaye hopes to continue showing Milwaukee what he does.

“My instrument is like my heritage. I can say I got it from father to son. I’m glad people like my music and I want to keep sharing what I have.”

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