Deaf Havana return as a duo after two members quit the band

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“This is the next chapter”

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Deaf Havana returned as a duo after two band members left.

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They shared a lengthy post explaining that they nearly split last year, before revealing that bassist Lee Wilson and drummer Tom Ogden have now left the group.

Brothers James and Matthew Wake-Gilodi are now the only two members left in the band.


In a statement he wrote: “Early last year we were all set to go our separate ways and leave it. We had an incredible journey, but like all great trips it felt like it was time to end It has come. Then the pandemic struck and we had no choice but to stop.

“Then, more through circumstances than design, we both found ourselves writing songs together again. As we got deeper into the music, and it was time to reevaluate what was important to us, It became clear that these songs had a real, cathartic effect on our relationship as brothers. We thought about starting something new as a pair, but they felt like deaf Havana songs. We didn’t want to. That the journey was over, it was time to go in a different direction.”

Speaking about the loss of two of his band members, he continued: “There is certainly some sadness over the fact that we are not all together anymore, it has been a long, unbelievable and sometimes difficult journey, but we have Did it together and sometimes that was the only thing that would surpass us.

“We would like to thank our brothers and first day bandmates, Tom and Lee, for slogging along with us up to this point. We wish them and their family a bright future ahead.

“We’re very proud of the music we’re working on. The process felt natural and vastly different from anything we’ve done before. We feel better than ever. It’s Deaf Havana’s next chapter and we can’t wait to share it with you all.”


One of Deaf Havana’s last live dates was in November 2019, when he played two sets at the “very special” Alexandra Palace show to assist War Child. For the first performance, he performed material featured on his 2018 album Ritual, while the second set focused on cuts from his career.

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