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Troy Kingi Chases The Ghost Of Freddie Cesar

New Album out September 11th

Roger Bowie

Multi-award-winning, multi-genre-artist Troy Kingi is now set to take us on a deeply personal discovery through an album dedicated to memories, lost souls, and 70s funk.

Here's a new song from his new album, due out September 11th

The Ghost of Freddie Cesar is Troy Kingi’s fourth installment in his 1O 1O 1O Series (10 albums in 10 years in 10 genres).  Brought to life by Troy Kingi & the Clutch, this record is Troy’s most personal work to date; one that invites the listener to share his journey as he combs through recollections of his father who disappeared while driving from Rotorua to Auckland at Christmas time in 2005.  Despite search efforts and sporadic reports of sightings, there has been no reliable trace of Troy’s biological father.

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Troy’s journey with The Ghost of Freddie Cesar begins in 2007.  While going through his missing father’s belongings, Troy found a cassette tape: –

It looked pretty old and had this hand-scribbled name, ‘Freddie Cesar’ on it, and on the back was just handwritten names of songs.  I recognized some of the songs from my early childhood back when my parents were still together and started writing down the lyrics as a form of therapy.  I must have forgotten it for a while – but sometime in 2010, I found the notebook of the songs again, but not the cassette tape, so that's when I decided to find out who Freddie Cesar was.  It turns out there is very little out there about him which further compelled me to recreate something".

 "It’s kind of a dedication to my dad and Freddie Cesar, this album.  Even though the lyrics aren't fully mine and the music’s not fully mine, I feel him when I’m singing these songs.”

Much of Freddie Cesar’s life remains a mystery, but listening to the lyrics, it becomes evident that Freddie Cesar may have been a Vietnam Vet, struggling with the issues of the day associated with that life: PTSD, drugs, alcohol, and his inability to settle back into civilian society.  Troy’s interpretation of this time as a funk-filled landscape paints an imagined picture of the life of Freddie Cesar – the closest to a realistic picture.

The Ghost Of Freddie Cesar “ - Troy Kingi and The Clutch  

Out September 11th CD / LP through Border and available on all digital platforms.

Written By: Roger Bowie Roger Bowie has been collecting music since 1964, starting with 45 rpm singles, and then building an LP and CD collection from 1970. 1.8 per week since then. Not a vast collection, but eclectic and occasionally obscure. Roger is a big Americana fan, and regularly attends AmericanaFest in Nashville, held every September. Also, he once played golf with Alice Cooper...