As a writer, I’m extremely passionate about music traditions and forms across the African Diaspora. I recently launched an Instagram page called @AfroAtonality which concerns the aforementioned.
On Friday’s I present my Instagram community with Black femmes they should know about, aptly titled: “On Friday’s We Feature Black Femmes.” Bringing this content to you all is something I do with pride and plan on doing at least once a week for your viewing and listening pleasures. Thanks to The Industry Spin for the platform!
Here are some folks you should listen to.
Kelela “LMK”// Kelela is a second-generation Ethiopian-American born in DC. As a singer-songwriter, she incorporates elements of electronic dance music, jazz, RnB, and other genres. Kelela is definitely a genre bender and transcends categorization. Her forthright and adventurous spirit has led her through experimenting with varying genres. Much of Kelela’s music sonically illuminates and encapsulates both her softness and assertiveness. Go listen to her album Take Me Apart. You will DANCE. Please. Thanks.
Thando “Gag Order- ft. Francoistunes”// This Melbourne (Australia) based and Zimbabwean-born artist is a singer-songwriter with POWERFUL messages of self-love and growth. Thando loves gospel choirs. They bring her back to the “roots of what sound (are).” You’ll hear that influence and ability to produce wonders with the voice in her music. She’s performed with Maxwell, Leon Bridges, and Sampa the Great. Check her out. All her music is amazing.
Victoria Monét “Moment”// Coming out of Sacramento, CA, Victoria got her start as a member of a group called Purple Reign. She worked hard to hone her songwriting skills and has written for Ariana Grande, Chloe x Halle, Fifth Harmony, Brandy, and others. Most recently, she landed Grammy Award nominations for her work on Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next. This song is off her new album Jaguar. The visuals are astounding.
See you all soon with three more people to look out for!
Sources for Videos: The artists respective music channels on YouTube
Sources for text: Lakin Starling of Fader Mag, and Melinda Fakuade of Rolling Stone.