Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Ghetto Soul Food

With the rise of Hip Hop/R&B came the demise of soul. Or was it the other way around?

Young people like Van Hunt, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and now, Leela James are here to bring it back. Leela sings about her personal longing for the music, and the singing, on her new release, A Change Is Gonna Come.

Ghetto (mp3)

Soul Food (mp3)

Check out the video for her soulful Music here.


countrygrrl said...

gr8t to hear singing as opposed to lots of rapping and a really interesting arrangement too!! i usually steer more towards countrry and roots but this is the real deal and i would definately check leela james out..thanks will visit again!!

Curly said...

Totally agree with you!

Just the other day I wrote about a few words she sings in "Music":
Where did all the soul go?
It’s all about the video
We don’t sing no mo’
Where’s the music gone?

Where’d the music go?
It’s all just for the dough
It ain’t songs no mo’
Where’s the music gone?
And that is exactly what it is all about...

Good to have people like her and for instance Lina to bring this feeling back!


Canowine said...

countrygrrl - interesting how country and roots seemed lose its soul around the same time, isn't it? I love the movement to bring "real" country/roots back.

curly - love your site! We definitely need more soul/R&B music blogs. I think that that area is due for a popularity explosion - if enough people bring the underground up. And yeah, that is a good feeling.

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