The Soulful Joss Stone

Jocelyn Eve Stoker, mostly known as Joss Stone, was born in 1987 in Dover, England. Blessed with powerful, deep, and soulful pipes, she released her first album titled The Soul Sessions at the age of 16. The Soul Sessions was the album that made me fall in love with her music.

7495-low-res-2-533x800

Photo from Fault Magazine

I remember listening to her music on my little MP3 player on my way to my English School. Most of the times I was going to class, it was raining. I remember sitting on the bus and singing along in my head to her lyrics. At that time I was still developing my English skills so I would bring lyric sheets to follow along with the music. The songs on replay were always “The Chokin’ Kind” and “Victim of a Foolish Heart.” To this day, if I am driving somewhere on a rainy day, I play that album.

The Soul Sessions’ album was followed by Mind, Body, and Soul, another great piece. This album was still very soulful given one of my favorite tracks  Right to Be Wrong and Spoiled, but it also brought a bit more of a fun vibe with the tracks “Don’t Cha Wanna Ride” and “Snakes and Ladders.” Next Joss released Introducing Joss Stone in 2007, which is another favorite of mine. This album is a bit more funky and upbeat, with stunning collaborations with Common and Lauryn Hill. Later, Joss released Colour me Free in 2009, LP1 and Best of Joss Stone in 2011, The Soul Sessions Vol. 2 in 2012, and the latest Water For Your Soul in 2015. All of her albums were exceptional, but nothing else compares to her first three albums. After Mind, Body, and Soul, Joss started veering off the more heartfelt soulful jams but she rescued that style back in The Soul Sessions Vol. 2.
Joss Stone is a kind and free spirit human being who makes amazing music. I am so glad to have discovered her sound right from the beginning and to follow her music through time. I have all of her music on vinyl, well at least the albums that I can put my hands on. I am yet to see her live. It is on my bucket list.  

Chokin’ Kind

 

Victim of a Foolish Heart

 

Right to Be Wrong

 

Spoiled

 

Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now (feat. Common)

 

I Don’t Want to Be With Nobody But You

 

 

Drag Art + Brazilian Pop Music

No doubt that the drag art is extremely versatile. Think of RuPaul’s Drag Race – The talent among the contestants overflows. RuPaul himself worked really hard to earn the visibility that he has today. It takes a lot of work, creativity, courage, and strength to be a drag queen. In Brazil, the drag art is getting public visibility through music and I couldn’t be more excited!

The LGBTQ community in Brazil is one of the largest in the world. However, Brazil is a very religious country with traditional views, the queer community hasn’t gained the public visibility it deserves. Within the LGBTQ community, much of what is reaching the heterosexual public now is already familiar and contemplated by them. The TV show in Brazil called Amor & Sexo (Love and Sex) is helping to bring awareness to all forms of love, acceptance, diversity, inclusion, and respect for people regardless of their religious views and gender identity. The show is presented by Fernanda Lima and it features guests of all gender identities who discuss topics about relationships, sexuality, current issues, and more. This show is streamed through the most famous open channel of Brazilian TV and it is giving Drag Queens a platform to show their art.

The fusion of Drag Art with the popular music scene of Brazil is breaking barriers. These artists are making hit after hit connecting with people across the nation and bringing a breath of fresh air to Brazilian pop music. Check out these poderosas singers: 

Pablo Vittar

Gloria Groove

Rico Dalasam

Aretuza Lovi

Banda Uo

Haaaave you met Stromae?

Absolutely one of my favorite musicians!

Natural of Brussels, Paul van Haver mostly known as Stromae is one of a kind. Stromae’s music is a combination of various musical influences such as hip hop, Congolese, house, Caribbean, and Coladera music. His lyrics are thought provoking and his style – oh so unique! Stromae is largely successful across Europe and his last album Racine Carrée is the best yet.
Although all of the lyrics are in French, the songs get you moving and singing along. From time to time I look up online for a translation in order to learn more about the story the song is delivering, but the truth is that this whole effort isn’t entirely necessary. Beautiful music does have the ability to involve, communicate, and connect. Stromae can do just that.

 

Papaoutai/ Dad, where are you?
“…everyone knows how to make babies but nobody knows how to make fathers.”

 

Tous Les Mêmes/ All the same
A perspective about love relationships and its ridiculousness from the woman’s perspective.

 

Formidable/ Wonderful (satirical)
A song about loneliness. The video clip, a social experiment.

 

Ave Cesaria (Acoustic)
A tribute to Stromae’s biggest idol, Cesaria Evora. She was a popular singer from Cape Verde also known as the Barefoot Singer for the habit of singing barefoot. Stromae met Evora back in 2011 right before her death. This song is a tribute to her and remembrance of their encounter.