More soul than the devil can buy.
— The Mothership, Columbus OH

Formed in 2008, B R A H J A is a NYC/MTL musical conspiracy reaching for the transmutation of timeless soul. The group tours extensively in North America. In 2016, the ensemble released its fifth album — wisdomatic — on Fast Speaking Music.  The group routinely takes in guest performers all over the map (e.g. NYC, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, Toronto, DC) and in so doing, proliferates a peace doctrine of radical inclusivity.  

Leader and New York saxophonist, Devin Brahja Waldman, has performed and/or recorded with Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, Malcolm Mooney (of Can), Lydia Lunch, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Baba Donn Babatunde (of The Last Poets), Daniel Carter, Nadah El Shazly, Yoshiko Chuma and Sam Shalabi. He is a member of Heroes Are Gang Leaders— led by poet Thomas Sayers Ellis and saxophonist James Brandon Lewis. Waldman plays in Artists For A Free World Marching Band led by Patricia Parker and William Parker. He has collaborated with his aunt, outrider poet Anne Waldman, since the age of ten. As a youngster, Waldman received formative mentorship by pianist Paul Bley. Waldman is a co-producer for Fast Speaking Music a NYC poetry and music label which has released the works of Amiri Baraka, Meredith Monk, Eileen Myles, CA Conrad, Fred Moten, Joanne Kyger and many others. 

Core Unit

D Shadrach Hankoff     piano

Isis Giraldo     synthesizer and voice

Martin Heslop     bass

Daniel Gelinas     drums

Adam "Bones" Kinner      tenor saxophone

Devin Brahja Waldman     alto saxophone

Extended Family

Margaret Morris     voice

Daniel Carter     winds & brass

Sam Shalabi       guitar 

Alexis Marcelo     synthesizer

Anais Maviel     percussion and voice

Adam Zanolini     winds

Sarah Good         voice and keyboards

Annie Shaw         voice and keyboards

Connor Bennet  tenor saxophone

Marcus Elliot     tenor saxophone

Luke Stewart     electric bass

Jamal Moore     tenor saxophone

Heru Shabaka-ra     trumpet