Kiese and Tressie both wrote for, to, and about those of us who carry Blackness with us everywhere we go. The thin white woman beside me folds her legs all the way up and gathers her knees to her chest. Her elbow is in my way and it nearly pokes me. “I’m so tiny,” […]
Music Monday, 1/2: Pumarosa, Isaiah Rashad, Hurray For The Riff Raff and Ama Lou
The theme is deep chill for this week’s Music Monday. After the holiday chaos, it’s time for us to take a collective deep breath and simply chill TF out.
This week’s playlist includes amazing tracks by Pumarosa, Isaiah Rashad, Hooray for The Riff Raff and Ama Lou, as well as other incredible songs by A Tribe Called Quest, Jay Electronica, Hector Plimmer with Drahla, Knox Brown and tons more.
Hailing from London, Pumarosa is a five-piece band that knows how to tap into a deep groove and build it up. Described as “industrial spiritual,” that label fits the single “Priestess” perfectly as the song develops a brooding crescendo with the gifted Isabel Munoz-Newsome’s voice ascending above it all.
Isaiah Rashad, who hails from Chattanooga, Tennessee, began rapping in tenth grade and used laptops to record record the music he and his friends made. As a child, he had briefly planned to become a preacher, but fell in love with music after his brother loaned OutKast’s ATLiens to him. The artist, singer, songwriter and producer is a founding member of the Chattanooga hip-hop collective The House, as well as a member of the Chicago collective The Village.
Hooray For The Riff Raff
Hooray For The Riff Raff takes us into deep political waters with the song “Rican Beach.” It’s a desperately important protest song written by Amanda Segarra, a songwriter of Boricua descent. The New Orleans, Louisiana-based band has taken American folk/blues in new, modern-sounding directions while addressing key issues that will continue to come into play over the next four years.
London, England-based 18-year-old Ama Lou makes powerful music that is not afraid of political real talk. The classically trained Lou cites diverse influences including Dolly Parton, Gil Scott-Heron and Hannah Montana. Lou’s voice is smooth and timeless, but the product is very much of the moment.