Happy New Year family! I hope everyone has a prosperous 2017. I thought some good music would be a great way to start off the new year. I like this new artist Jamila Woods. She’s been creating a lot of buzz since last year. I love this song VRY BLK. It’s very catchy and a great theme for this blog. Here’s a little back story on Jamila.
Poet and vocalist Jamila Woods was raised in Chicago, IL and graduated from Brown University, where she earned a BA in Africana Studies and Theatre & Performance Studies. Influenced by Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks, much of her writing explores blackness, womanhood & the city of Chicago. Her first chapbook, The Truth About Dolls (2012), was inspired by a Toni Morisson quote & features a Pushcart-nominated poem about Frida Kahlo. Her poetry is included in the anthologies The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop (2015), Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls (2014), and The UnCommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning & Living (2013).
Jamila is also a vocalist & songwriter, focusing primarily on soul/hip-hop centered music. Her musical lineage includes Erykah Badu, Imogen Heap, Kirk Franklin, and Kendrick Lamar. Raised in her church choir, Jamila’s musical aesthetic involves choral layering in addition to the hip-hop tradition of sampling & allusions. Her work with her band, M&O (fka Milo & Otis) has been featured by Okayplayer, Spin, JET and Ebony Magazine.
Jamila is currently the Associate Artistic Director of non-profit youth organization Young Chicago Authors, where she helps organize Louder Than A Bomb (the largest poetry festival in the world), designs curriculum for Chicago Public Schools, and teaches poetry to young people throughout the city.
Marian Mereba lives in a few different worlds—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: her father’s land, where the Queen of Sheba once reigned; Philadelphia, PA: proud hometown of her music heroes The Roots and Jill Scott; and Atlanta, Georgia: where she’s laid her own roots as a young woman and artist. All are at the heart of Mereba’s music—and let’s get this out of the way—that is not neo-soul. “People think, oh she got an Afro and she has a guitar, that that’s how I sound but my voice has a weirdly folk soul feeling to it. That’s the best way I can describe it.”
This is a very beautiful song by Maimouna Youssef. It’s a great live performance.She has an amazing voice. It’s a great tribute to the late Sandra Bland.
I love this rap joint by Richard Raw! The lyrics are on point. This is real revolutionary hip hop! He’s also joined by rapper Sista Souljah X. Don’t expect to hear this on your local radio station.
Be sure to support the brother on his website. http://www.richardraw.com/