Night Bjuti’s eponymous debut album (pronounced Night Beauty)taps into women’s legacies, freedom, magic and love with ritual jazz, blues and the electronic blessings of Sun Ra. The Black woman trio of vocalist Candice Hoyes, bassist Mimi Jones and percussionist Val Jeanty named themselves after a Haitian folk tale about a
Nite Bjuti’s “Illustrious Negro Dead” is an urgent request to preserve storied Black legacies and is the second single from their debut album. The trio was inspired by Zora Neale Hurston’s 1945 letter written to preeminent Black intellectual W.E.B. DuBois suggesting he create a cemetery to honor all Negro celebrities.
Candice Hoyes, Val Jeanty and Mimi Jones are Nite Bjuti. They are an Afro-Caribbean Brooklyn-based trio having chosen their name from Haitian folklore called “Night Beauty” about a girl who sings for justice in the afterlife. Their debut in 2018 at Jazz at Lincoln Center to celebrate International Women’s Day
Candice Hoyes’ “Zora’s Moon” gets a house remix from Natasha Diggs in time to still make summer party playlists. Hoyes’ was inspired by famed late anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston and there is a sample of a 1943 radio conversation she had weaved into the song. “Zora’s Moon” is leading the