In the arena of the female artist,
there are a few who comes equipt with a strong voice, excellent stage
presence and persomma who seem to be in the right place at the right
time when they drop their debut release. One such artist is newcomer
Goapele (pronounced Qua-Pa-Le)
This lassie who calls San Francisco
home has a deep meaning for music sprawning from her South African
hertiage and carries all the tools of a seasoned veteran in her debut
album. The dread-headed beauty who's influences include Stevie
Wonder, Etta James,
Nina Simone, Billy
Holiday, Aretha Franklin,
Bob Marley and Prince
has garnered comparison to the likes of India
Arie, Erykah Badu and
(the lead off single and title track) gives us a strong indication
that she posesses all the right ingredients to score a bonifide hit.
With a sootihing Roog keys and guitar strings guiding the intro that
then leads to a groove of a bass line, Goapele's sultry voice is cool,
calm and collecting on the lyrics wrapping them nicely into a terrific
It's said as a small child, Goapele
used her family and friends as her practice audience, singing and
performing complimentary shows, steadily fine tuning her musical chops.
I feel all that practicing is very evident here and with one listen
you will too.
The full length is in stores
now you might want to look out for it. If you're into some laid back
soul grooves with a hint of the occassional rap here and there then
this one is right up your alley.
A TY-D Pick for real
Listen to Goapele's