Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Jamila Woods (5/28/19)

The same day that I drove home from Movement, Jamila Woods was performing at the House of Blues Cambridge Room (for only $15!).  While I would have happily paid a lot more to see her in a larger venue - this was a moment not to be missed.  I already had seen her perform at the Pitchfork Music Festival back in 2017.  Her new album LEGACY! LEGACY! is incredible.  Rated as “best new music” on P4K, they also said the following: 

"Each track on LEGACY! LEGACY! highlights a legendary artist of color, spanning disciplines, genres, and decades—Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Frida Kahlo, Miles Davis. For Woods, collectively, they become examples of how to unapologetically navigate life as a person of color. Each song’s subject is treated with the same reverence and warmth as Woods’ own ancestors, who are also referenced throughout. While she assumes responsibility for mining sociopolitical issues in her music, she also stands on the shoulders of these figures in search of her own humanity."

(Via Jamila Woods: LEGACY! LEGACY! Album Review | Pitchfork.)

Jamila Woods’ performance was soulful, powerful, and groove-worthy in this intimate setting.  Those of us there were lucky to be there for this experience. I wholly expect her to move on from from smaller venues like this - real soon.

Jamila Woods  5 28 19

Jamila Woods  5 28 19

I arrived a little late, but was able to catch a bit of Nitty Scott.  An artist who is new to me, but one I quickly grew to appreciate.  If she can get Zap Mama on board, on her album, she has me too.

Nitty Scott  5 28 19

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