The same good friend that recommended the book I'm reading now (Three Cups of Tea) also hipped me to a relatively new artist Janelle Monae. I got her album The ArchAndroid and the first couple of times I listened to it, I thought it was way too strange. But it's really starting to grow on me! It's really refreshing to hear something so radically different when everyone is essentially doing the same things over and over again. Plus, there are some tracks on this album that have a really old school, classic feel (think Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn but also Judy Garland . . . lol!) So I decided to do a little research and watch some videos on YouTube. And, to my surprise, I think this sister is a natural, i.e. she wears her natural hair texture. She gets extra cool points for that! So hats off to this very creative sister! Once I get through this album, I'm going to check out her other one Metropolis.
Here's a link to "Tightrope":
And maybe my favorite from the album, "Cold War" (I love the video, by the way! Ms. Monae is stunning!!:
And another one I really love "Sir Greendown":
Also, check out this interesting review of The Archandroid.