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Mono No Aware

from Terra Boa by Jonny Wickham

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Inspired by, Cuban Bata, Cape Verdean Batuque, and Brazilian Boi. The lyrics invoke Mono no aware which is an awareness of the impermanence of things, and both a transient gentle sadness at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life. Whist being a song about a sprawling city. The mood is an enveloping sense of being beneath a rainforest canopy as you watch droplets race down giant leaves, as lizards peek back out from hiding from the rain.


When night was young
You searched the city
You walked alone
Yearning to find that very place
Where the river rolls
Cascading leaves
Hear silent oak trees grow
Never know
Whispers of truth
Why can’t you say it
You’ll never say such things to me


from Terra Boa, released July 7, 2023
Lyrics by Mira Mookerjee
Jonny Wickham - Double Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Bongo Bell, Jangles, Shekere Ben Brown - Drums, Ganza, Jangles
Jeremy Shaverin - Congas, Bongos, Jangles, Shekere
Lyle Barton - Piano
Greg Sanders - Electric Guitar
Irini Arabatzi - Vocals
Rosie Bergonzi - Handpan
Tom Barford - Soprano Saxophone
Tom Hutchison - Gong, Rainstick, Vibraslap


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Jonny Wickham London, UK

Jonny Wickham is a bassist, composer and band leader from London.

He has worked with critically acclaimed world music ensembles such as Caravela, Waaju, Juanita Euka, and Samba Azul. Jazz artists Burnheart, Alex Western King, Ian Shaw and The London Jazz Orchestra. Singer songwriters Ellie Dixon, Rosie Frater Taylor, Cherise and Jordan Rakei.

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