Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, 25-year-old John Withers draws influence from a diverse range of global styles — dub reggae, R&B, classical, jazz, African dance music — and combines them into his self-titled debut album as John Wizards. Armed with a guitar, a microphone, and a few computer programs, Withers composed and recorded the album in his bedroom over the course of two years. Withers shares vocal duties throughout with Rwandan vocalist Emmanuel Nzaramba, who sings in his native Kinyarwanda language on the single “Lusaka by Night.”

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