1975 MINNIE RIPERTON “Adventures In Paradise”
“Adventures in Paradise, the follow-up to Perfect Angel — an album featuring Minnie Riperton’s biggest hit, much assistance from Stevie Wonder, and several of his associates, as well as an iconic outer sleeve — tends to be viewed as a flop, at least by those who disregard Minnie as a novelty one-hit wonder. If the album is a flop on principle because none of its three singles was as big as “Lovin’ You,” or because Stevie was no longer around, so be it, but it’s borderline classic by any other measure. The key collaborators here, outside of Minnie’s songwriting husband Richard Rudolph, include keyboardist Joe Sample, guitarist Larry Carlton, saxophonist Tom Scott, and harpist Dorothy Ashby. Hardly poor substitutes. Most importantly, the album’s three central songs were co-written with Leon Ware, who had come up with the Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” and was on the brink of writing what would become the entirety of Marvin Gaye’s I Want You, along with his own excellent Musical Massage. Each of the Riperton/Rudolph/Ware songs ooze playful sensuality, desire, and lust — especially “Inside My Love” (a Top 30 R&B single), a swooning slow jam filled with double entendres. If it weren’t for the supremely seductive innocence in Minnie’s voice, the words would likely fall flat in their directness (“You can see inside me/Will you come inside me?/Do you wanna ride inside my love?”) The opener, “Baby, This Love I Have,” is even more heated, with Minnie’s frustrated yearning wrapped around a lithe arrangement. (It’s gentle six-note guitar-and-bass intro would later resurface in A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhime.”) The songs written by Minnie and Rudolph alone match up well with the best of Perfect Angel, and they’re deceptively eclectic, mixing and matching soul and rock with touches of country and adult pop. The album was tailor made for the kind of ’70s radio format that would not balk at spinning Boz Scaggs, LTD, and Fleetwood Mac back-to-back-to-back. But, for whatever reason (poor promotion, closed minds), it did not do nearly as well as it deserved.” Andy Kellman allmusic.com
HER (She Gon Trip)
Some of the stylish men photographed by Moroccan visual artist Hassan Hajjaj for his ‘My Rock Stars’ series.
The series highlights some of his personal inspirations in these eclectic and vibrant frames influenced by iconic African photobooth photographers and his North African heritage.
Aside from photographing his subjects and uniquely decorating each photograph, Hajjaj often dresses them up in clothes made by him and works with them to capture their individual personalities.
Some of the faces shown here are Nigerian musician Keziah Jones, Algerian singer Rachid Taha, British-Nigerian rapper Afrikan Boy, British fashion designerJoe Casely-Hayford, OBE, Moroccan musician Hassan Hakmoun and American singer Jose James.
All Africa, All the time.
Cannonball Adderley - “Up & At it”
RIP to legendary Tanzanian Taarab singer Fatma binti Baraka, popularly known as Bi Kidude, who passed away on April 17th, 2013, at her home on the island of Zanzibar. She is believed to have surpassed 100 years of age.
As a child, she was singled out for her fine voice and, in the 1920s, sang locally with popular cultural troupes, combining an understanding of music with an equally important initiation into traditional medicine.
At age 13, after a forced marriage she fled Zanzibar to mainland Tanzania. Bi Kidude toured mainland East Africa with a taarab ensemble, visiting the major coastal towns and inland as far west as Lake Victoria and Tanganyika.
She walked the length and the breadth of the country barefoot in the early 1930s fleeing another unhappy marriage. In the 1930s she ended up in Dar es Salaam where she sang with Egyptian Taarab group for many years. In the 1940s she returned to Zanzibar where she acquired a small mud hut to be her home.
She is known for her role in the Unyago movement which prepares young Swahili women for their transition through puberty. She is one of the experts of this ancient ritual, performed only to teenage girls, which uses traditional rhythms to teach women to pleasure their husbands, while lecturing against the dangers of sexual abuse and oppression.
bless her life…
Kevin Moore (Keb’ Mo’) - “Speak Your Mind”