Hi! We took a bit of a break last week. Individual lives took over in weird ways. On my part, I simply couldn’t wrap my head around the week days…Monday felt like a Tuesday, Tuesday felt like a Thursday, it was strange.
Anyway, we now return to your regularly scheduled programming with today’s MM feature: Kelela
Like most good things in life, I was introduced to this badass Ethiopian-American babe by Solange Knowles via her 2013 compilation Saint Heron though I fell in love only after hearing “A Message” from Kelela’s 2015 EP Hallucinogen. I wish I had the music vocabulary to describe exactly what she is doing in her music to make it so sultry, so alluring…I’m really just hoping you take my word for it and give it a listen (aka the basis for this weekly feature because I’m not a music journalist)
On top of having collaborated with a number of producers, songwriters, and musicians (she appeared on the track “Scales” from Solange’s A Seat At The Table and on “Submission” from Gorillaz’s new album Humanz), Kelela has also been very vocal about her place in the “new R&B” and her experience in the music industry as a black woman. Her words and comments, thinking specifically about her reflection on the way black women’s voices have been taken advantage of in popular music (thoughts incited by the documentary 20 Feet From Stardom), are necessary and on point. She’s exactly the type of artist that deserves more attention, talent and insight, one-two punch!
She’s still working on her full-length debut but while we wait we have the EP and her mixtape CUT 4 ME.
Have a great week, y’all!
I had the pleasure of seeing Kelela open for the xx on May 23 and she was AMAZING! Just her and her beats and her awesome voice! Sorry I didn’t get a video but here’s a photo: