A Malian's Musings about Music and Mali…
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“Can’t Keep My Cool” by Durand Jones & The Indications

Keeping it cool is overrated…  

Let it happen.

Title: Can’t Keep My Cool/ Artist: Durand Jones & The Indications

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“At Last” by Etta James

1961 was a great year. Etta’s magic was first brought to my attention during my college years as a good friend of mine was rehearsing to sing a live cover of “At Last”.

That voice…

Title: At Last / Artist: Etta James / Album: At Last (1961)


“In Love with You” by Erykah Badu & Stephen Marley

“In love with you” is the result of an acoustic and bass guitar, a Queen of soul and reggae royalty.  Ms Badu and Stephen Marley combine to give us music in best form: live, heartfelt and effortless. 

What I love about this song, is that it doesn’t sound rehearsed.  You get the feeling that the two artists are at “band practice” just having a jam session that is slowly turning into something special. 

The melody on the guitar and the bass stay pretty constant but the artists give us a real exhibition of their vocal skills.  Ms Badu shows us her range and delivers in hear usual smooth tones, while Mr Marley keeps his message raw and unpolished.  This contrast makes for a very unique sound and makes me hope they collaborate again.  The chemistry between these two is definitely real…just listen to the adlibs…..gorgeous.

Title: In Love with You / Artist: Erykah Badu x Stephen Marley / Album: Mama’s Gun (2000)

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“Amour a Mort” by Les Nubians

“Si l’amour meurt, alors dit moi ce qu’il reste: des cases vides, des causes injustes, juste des gestes” 

When the love dies, tell me what’s left: only empty homes, unjust causes and meaningless gestures.

True.

Title: Amour A Mort/ Artist: Les Nubians/ Album: One Step Forward, 2003


“Real ” by Macy Gray

Sometimes it pays to stick around for the ending credits of a movie.  Apart from being a great story, Domino (Keira Knightley, Mickey Rourke, 2005) provided me with what has become my favorite Macy Gray song.

On first listen, I simply couldn’t understand why in the world Macy Gray would only give us two minutes of this gem.   This is like meeting that someone special on the last day of your vacation in a place you’ll probably never come back to.  You spend an incredible day together and just like that…it’s over.

Short, sweet…beautifully cruel.


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