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Jai Nitai and I have always had good conversations since we first met in his hometown of Montreal in 2012. In June 2014 I traveled to Montreal to attend a theatre festival, I was also looking for opportunities to record. After traveling throughout Africa the previous years my mind was on collaborations with artists from some of my favorite places; Montreal is a favorite of mine. Nitai and I organized a time, spent an evening at his home in NDG around the dinner table with his wife and daughter and by the end of the evening we had recorded a simple song. "You, I" is a song about the insecurity of modern relationships, a song about “ifs” and “maybes” produced by Jai Nitai (artist/producer from Montreal / @JaiNitaiLotus) and written and performed by myself (writer/artist/producer from Toronto/ @IanKamau).


(written by @iankamau)

Maybe I'll tell you, tell you secrets and tell you lies / pull the blind inside your eyes / maybe I'll show you, that the world it's a disguise / if we seek then we will find / I could be the moon in the twilight / you could be the change when the morning comes / when the morning comes

You I, I you, you I...
If I wasn't in your heart, would I be on your mind?

Only in a moment, just after midnight, dancing in moonlight

You I, I you, you I / would I stay on your mind?
If I wasn't in your heart, would I be on your mind?

Wading in this mess we call a home / red eye waiting by the phone / lonely but not alone / show me what isn't shown / sing me another tone / do what I don't condone / and we'll fall in love again / we can clean the sheets tomorrow we'll leave another stain / we can walk the city in the rain and I'll cling to you / what can I bring for you? / maybe I'll sing to you :)

If I wasn't in your heart, would I be on your mind?
You I, I you, you I, would I be on your mind?
You I, I you, you I, would I be on your mind?


released August 1, 2014
Written & Performed by Ian Kamau (@iankamau)

Produced & Recorded by Jai Nitai Lotus (@jainitailotus)

Mastered by Shash'U (@iamSHASHU)

Recorded, mixed and mastered in Montreal, Canada



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Ian Kamau Toronto, Ontario

My name is Ian Kamau; I am an artist. My ability to create is tied to my purpose. I was raised in Toronto to filmmaker parents who came from Trinidad in 1970. I believe in community. My creative life actively involves my community work. I make music.

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