A 90s marriage of diverse interests including soul, gospel, rap and dance music, UK trio Sunchilde consist of multi-instrumentalists Don Q, JZ and Kaos!. After all-encompassing stage shows which included poetry readings and strong visuals as well as incessant, rhythmic music, an A&R race to sign them was finally won by Sony S2 Records in 1994. Don Q explained the meaning of their name: ‘Sunchilde represents all of the children of the sun. It embodies the fact that we all receive light and energy from the sun, which feeds the earth which feeds us all.’ Such statements, and their hip-hop styled personalities, forged immediate comparisons to the new age rap of bands such as the Pharcyde and De La Soul, although their music was much closer to that of the latter band. The band originally developed in a London squat shared by the members, who were originally founded as a septet. ‘Twilight Drifter’ was a promotional-only release issued in April 1995. It was followed by the issue of their debut album and first single, ‘Teacher? Teacher!’, at the end of the year. The single unveiled a formidable ability to perform a cappella, with its lyrical theme the absence of African-Americans from the history books.
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