Hello All! Happy Black History continuation! So, today I wanted to talk about music that I have never heard of before. I was searching and searching, and googled Ancient Bantu Music. Everyone knows Bantu people are one of the original tribes in Africa with descendants in many countries. Well, suddenly an article comes up of how Siddi people have thrived through music. Remember I wrote a blog post about the Black Siddi people of Pakistan last week? Read it here. Well, the Siddi are descendants of Bantu people.
Siddi Dhamal, is an expressive form of dance that represents the Siddi spirit of community. Dhamal, originally a celebratory dance, was performed when community members returned from a successful battle. Women sing repetitive song patterns, and the men play a dammam; a percussive instrument made of wood and deerskin on the sides. They proceed to participate in call and response by repeating what the lead singer is singing.
The Siddis respect nature and often make songs based on their everyday current experiences. Meaning, if they are cooking fish, they will make a song about cooking fish as they are cooking fish. In that case I must be related to the Siddi’s because I do that too. I’ll make up a song about eggs, which I have LOL. Check out this video of the Siddi, descendants of Bantus, do their thing while dancing and singing to Dhamal music; enjoy!
Hello All! For today’s #MusicMonday, I wanted to feature three very talented ladies who have new music that’s been on rotation, all released in February!
First, I have to give it up to Sevyn Streeter for her new song, Guilty, featuring Chris Brown and A$AP Ferg; I have literally listened to that song so much and even learned the choreography she posted online (it’s also a weight loss strategy) so it’s a win! Guilty is about 2 people in love, but unfortunately, they have a situation at home, uh oh! Sevyn brings a classic James Brown sample from his song, The Payback (1981), it’s really a smooth mix honestly, and I love when people do justice to classics! Sevyn is currently working on a new album, she’s released at least 5 singles in the past 2 years, so I’m supposing it’s really on the way. I love great music, but also recognize the industry, and Sevyn has said this herself, along with Kelly Rowland and many others that the industry discriminates against brown and dark skinned women. So I encourage you all to stream and share and show some love to these sisters, and it’s so easy because the music is so good, and Sevyn never misses! She is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and has written hits for many others! Sevyn has also said that her label has had her give up songs to artists that are white or white Latina because their look can sell the song, wild! Talent is talent, and I love Sevyn! Let’s show Sevyn some love and stream Guilty.
The next song is from Ms. Kellendria Rowland herself, lol, I know her stage name is Kelly, I just really like her full name, Kellendria. Anyway, many people know Kelly just gave birth to her 2nd child, well, in the video, she shows off the last stages of her pregnancy so beautifully as she sings about her love for her husband, giving him his Flowers for all the times he’s been there. She talks about the ups and downs of their love that has made them better, so sweet!. It is a slow, almost acapella ballad with strong but subtle sounds of a guitar, while her voice is the main instrument on the track. I like it for a chill moment, it’s a song that has a lot of emotion and one that you’ll definitely pay attention and listen to once you hear it. Take some time to stream Flowers and show Kelly some love!
I heard this song as I was searching through YouTube, I was so disappointed that Spotify didn’t tell me my homegirl had a new song. Well, I don’t really know her but Spotify knows I listen to Justine Skye all the time. Little sis has a new song, Intruded, produced by none other than Timbaland himself. Timbaland is super producer who is in his own lane in my opinion, since I was a kid in the 90’s. Intruded talks about falling in love with someone, and her not wanting to hide it anymore, and intruding his heart with her love. The video is giving me Missy Elliot, The Rain, from back in the day. I can only imagine that Since Timbaland and Missy are like brother and sister, the dynamic duo inspired Justine to make this video, just my observation.
Also, even though this is not a new song, in honor of my song, 400, that came out last year this time, February 2020, is a history lesson and advice moving forward for Black people as we ended our 400 years of captivity. Well, tonight’s topic for the 7th class of the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series is “400 Years is Up”. I talk about the history and implication behind this very meaning. So take some time to listen to my self produced song, then register for tonight and tomorrow night!
Hello All! I figured since it’s Music Monday, and I am in a dancing mood, I would feature a throwback blog post I did on the Electric Slide. Created by a Black woman, Marcia Griffith, it was the number one dance song in the world for 10 years! Everyone knows that til’ this day, the Electric Slide is done at 99% of Black functions, it brings us together! I even find that, we do the Electric Slide to songs that aren’t even the electric slide, LOL! Someone at some point is going to get up and start the electric slide, guaranteed! Think about the things that bring us together as Black people, and, enjoy the video! Better days are ahead. Register for the Dear Black People™ Webinar Series as well to learn more ways we can bring ourselves together, it’s time! Enjoy!
The Electric Slide is a four wall dance set to Marcia Griffith’s song “Electric Boogie”. Choreographer Ric Silver created the dance in 1976 from a demo of the Marcia Griffiths recording with the original choreography having 22 steps. The Electric Slide now with 18 steps went viral in 1989 and was listed by Linedancer Magazine as the number one dance in the world for 10 years!
For today’s Music Monday, I am featuring my own music story. A year ago, in January 2020, I taught myself how to produce my own beats, as I have been writing songs since I was 6 years old, which is why my dad kept a folder of all the songs I wrote, and put me in piano lessons. Well, I purchased a piano at the end of 2019, it arrived in 2020, and I surprisingly remembered the songs I learned as a child. I downloaded the beat making software on my brand new HP laptop, added my piano as a plug in, and finally put all the music in my head to action! It felt like such a relief, all the music in my head finally came to life!
I didn’t know that the pandemic was about to happen, but I took the music I had created, 4 songs to be exact, and started looking for events to perform at, including events affiliated with SXSW, the country’s biggest music festival for up and coming artists! I signed up and performed at one event in February, and this event was looking for artists to feature at their SXSW event. I performed my song, “Organic”, and the crowd was so hyped, they gave me the best energy and I couldn’t believe that what I had created a month before was moving people to such excitement. I remember people singing my song even after I got off the stage, and asking me to do all types of collaborations. They were definitely feeling “Organic”, as it is my upbeat song about knowing who you are and standing up for your worth. I had the whole crowd singing, “Organic”, I’ll never forget.
So I signed up to perform at their SXSW event and that’s around the time the pandemic was becoming a larger conversation. I also signed up to volunteer at SXSW and was approved. Soon enough, the world was talking about shutting down, and Austin was talking about cancelling SXSW. I joined a group chat and everyone was excited, planning to meet, and talking about what we were going to to and what events we were going to attend. Meanwhile I was telling everybody I create music and was hoping to run into some producers, not anybody attached to a major label, but someone who could help me perfect my beats and help me record in a real studio. Well, the next thing was, SXSW was shut down, grocery stores had no food, and we were stuck home. I remember going to my favorite store, Trader Joe’s and it was empty. I had food already, but I wasn’t able to stock up like everyone else until a few days later, because I only shop at Trader Joe’s, It was crazy.
Well, I wasn’t able to continue performing, but I continued working on beats and writing lyrics like I do everyday anyway, but now I had the means to create the whole sound. I was happy with what I was able to produce on my own, self learned, and still hoped to get it out there. Then again, I remembered, my brand is people. I would much rather perform in person like in the past when I had performed spoken word, and I was more focused on performing rather than being signed to a big label. I hear the stories of these celebrities, and nothing is worth selling my soul or being muted for a check. I choose authenticity, so I decided to continue to work on my craft until the world is back to normal. I write music about knowing who you are, history lessons, and life lessons, I stay true to what I write because it is how I live, so my music inspires others to feel and live the same way.
Well, now that you’ve read and enjoyed that story, check out my music! I have written and produced 4 songs thus far, using my piano and music software. Once the world is back to normal, I will hop in the studio, and get back to performing. However, I’m proud of what I got! Let me know your favorite song! 🤩 and don’t forget to register for the Dear Black People™ Webinar series, enjoy!
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