Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 — December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for his anthemic music with The Impressions and composing the soundtrack to the blaxploitation film “Super Fly”. From these works and others, he is highly regarded as a pioneer of funk and of politically conscious African-American music. He was also a multi-instrumentalist who played the guitar, bass, piano, saxophone, and drums. Perhaps most notably, Mayfield was among the first of a new wave of mainstream African-American R&B performing artists and composers injecting social commentary into their work.
Came across Blues for Blue via Duane Powell’s Soundrotation podcasts. Excited to find that Miss Bosco had an appropriately artsy video to match which includes another similarly-crafted track, Black and White.
One of the most interesting mash-ups that happened while working at Hibiscus was that we shared an office with The New Parish. It was inevitable that I would find myself working on a staffing schedule but get completely distracted by Namane Mohlabane planning a marketing push for an upcoming show.
One day he introduced me to Big Freedia via YouTube. That was then. This is now. I am addicted, supportive, enthralled, disturbed, and hopeful.
When Big Freedia came to the New Parish, the crowd was sparse, but when she (finally) came to the stage, her flow was the most raw energy I’ve heard from an MC in a long time, cross genre.
Forget the dancers in metallic booty shorts and polyrhythmic gyrations. Forget hipsters in drunken hazes, taking in the “other” and finding release by moving the “forbidden”. Big Freedia is a hustler who knows her time is short. You can hear it in her rhymes. You can see it in how hard she works a stage, coast to coast.
Forget the skinny white dude in this clip positioned as an expert. Hear the urgency of existence. When capitalizing on a trend may be all you’ve got for this moment.