When you listen to my songs, you are listening to a culmination of my eclectic musical influences. I grew up in a house filled with music. On the weekends, my mom played vinyls throughout the day. Whether it be Thelonious Monk, Shirley Ceasar, Luther Vandross, George Michael or ZZ Hill, music permeated our home. My dad would play cassette tapes. His music was all from the continent of Africa. Our household favorite, was Lucky Dube. I had my own favorites like Slick Rick, Rakim and LL Cool J. But, my parents felt disconnected from Hip Hop; they didn't understand it. My mom and I could enjoy Mary J. Blige and Boyz II Men together, but not Gang Starr. I also liked artists like Aerosmith, Live and Green Day.
Because I listened to various styles of music growing up, I don't write songs of one particular genre. It all depends on how I feel when inspired to write. In the same day, I could write a song with a Reggae vibe and then later feel inspired to write a Rock song. Usually, a melody comes to mind first and then the words come later. Sometimes, the words and melody come simultaneously. For example, I could be completing a task and all of a sudden, I start singing a new song. Then, I rush to find my phone to write the lyrics down and record the melody. At times, a concept may come to mind and then I craft a song that's befitting. I designated time to intentionally write Angel because I knew I wanted to write a song about a homeless teenager.
I feel contentment when I finish writing a song. I am humbled when, after sharing my music and poems publicly, people commend me. Now that I have managed to record a few songs for digital release, I am nervous, yet excited. Nervous because the songs can potentially reach millions of unnamed faces. Who are you people? I want to know who you are. Excited because someone, whom I may never meet, could possibly be inspired by my creativity. The thought of my music and poetry positively touching someone, even if it is just one person, is satiating. Happy listening and God bless!
released October 26, 2016
Words, melody, vocals, vocal arrangement, drumming and production by Baindu D. Kalokoh
Guitar played and composed by John Slinger
Beautiful background vocals by John Slinger
I Am, Freedom Song, Beautiful, and Mama recorded at White Cube Studios, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Photos: Krystal Klear
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