I haven’t covered music in a while! What better way to revisit this interest than with Solange’s new album A Seat at the Table?
I have been an avid fan of Solange’s work (and sartorial elegance), since the days of Sandcastle Disco, T.O.N.Y and I Decided. She knows this. I have felt her emotions, held her hand through Lover’s in the Parking Lot and her vulnerable Black Cab Sessions.
This new chart topping album has exhibited the singers beautifully pared layers of black identity, all the while giving respect to legendary musicians.
Solange’s song “Junie,” a groovy jam that confronts the appropriation of black culture was named after music legend Junie Morrison.
She skilfully tackles the issue of black appropriation in her lyrics: You want to be the teacher/ Don’t want to go to school/ Don’t want to do the dishes/ Just want to eat the food.
(Get it? Read it again)
Music social activism is no new concept. Hip Hop and RAP stem and exist through it. Motown, Blues and Jazz all have undertones and royal levels of depth about topical and sociopolitical struggles. Soul music has also been an honest reflection of feelings and moods.
Solange has put together a masterpiece, skilfully assembling all these attributes and travelling through history and time to deliver this piece of art.
Do yourself a favour and Jump on it!