My love for music began with rare groove, soul & disco infused rhythms, so it was well overdue that I created a music playlist featuring some of my favourite artists & songs from a golden era in music.
When I was young, I was served a steady diet of reggae. Being a creole island girl there was simply no escaping the genre. But if reggae was the hearty main course, then soul music was the decadent dessert. At some point on the weekend Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Womack & Womack and Chaka Khan would inevitably find their way onto my father’s expensive sound system, which was updated every few years. As a child, I just thought it was normal for the quality of the sound to be paramount, for dads to spend hours ensuring the bass was just heavy enough and the treble perched ‘just so’ above it. Didn’t everyone have equalizers and BOSE speakers all over the room? Turns out that very few others cared to have that luxury and now I‘d like to think associating music with these positive experiences, in a home that didn’t always sit on that side of the fence, led to my long term lover affair with music.
As a teen, I completely abandoned my parents musical loves and fell head first in love with R&B and Hip Hop, but as a young adult I was led back to soul music. Ironically it would be making the connection between the rare soul gems that were being sampled in Hip Hop that would seduce me to soul. While Brandy, Lauryn Hill and TLC were previously my loves, now Minnie Riperton, Patrice Rushen & Norman Connors were the objects of my undying affection. For me, rare soul had a depth to it musically that spoke to me. While R&B made me feel loved in a cold world, soul music transported me to another dimension completely. Which is why when I’m on the go, hustling with my feet firmly on the ground, I have this rare groove, soul & disco playlist on repeat.