So it’s 11:25 and though I am committed to my Black History Month blogging challenge, all I want to do is listen to Emile Sande and Lianne La Havas. So this post was born! I dont know whats in the water in the UK or if they have just started getting hip to the soul greats but the best soul singers have been coming from overseas! They sing from a very raw, emotional and deep place not like the sterile sound that “R&B” has taken. Dont believe me? Listen for yourself:
Exhibit A: Emile Sande
Her debut album came out last year and it is awesome. I like every single song on that album but the following song touches me. I think we’ve all stood at the precipice of a major decision, choosing whether to sell out or follow our heart.
Exhibit B: Lianne La Havas
This girl man… I have adopted her as my cousin in my head. She is 23 (1989 was a damn good year) and from the UK and her debut album is doing great! I cant wait to see her live. This song asks the forever relevant question, “Is Your Love Big Enough for What’s To Come?” And though the “on tour-concert” video is over done, I like it because I feel like I get a glimpse into her life and her personality. Making me like her even more.
And I’m gonna end this music recap with a young brother named Michael Kiwanuka. When I first heard his voice I had to stop what I was doing, look at his picture and read his bio because I just knew my Spotify was messed up and had played some long dead soul singer. But it hadnt. This 25 year old man stole Sam Cooke’s voice box. That’s my hypothesis and Im sticking with it. Here’s his song “Home Again”. Did I mention that he’s 25 and I find him oh so very attractive? *Makes googly eyes and bookmarks all his videos*
So there you have it folks. I hope you enjoyed this musical journey. What are some of the musical acts you’ve discovered?