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Music: The “Doom Soul” Generation.  

First things first. The ‘doom soul’ descriptor is not one that I can take credit for in any. I first came across these words after reading about Somali-Canadian artist Cold Specks. She used it to describe her sound and ever since then, upon discovering new artists and listening to musicians already in my collection, it’s become a recurring way to describe much of the music I’ve been hearing - and loving - from African/African-descended/Black artists both in Africa and the diaspora.

Through these observations, I’ve spent some time compiling the stand out artists in this new generation that fall under the somewhat wide umbrella of the borrowed ‘doom soul’ term. Not one of the artists you’ll hear on my accompanying music mix/playlist sound like each other. And yet, there are several recurring features that tie them all together.

Whether Kelela or Kwabs, BLK JKS or Benjamin Clementine, all these artists have soulful sensibilities attached to their vocal abilities, lyrical content, and melodic inclinations. Each containing their own mixture of elements of soul, r&b, indie, folk, blues, eclectic electronic sounds, the result is usually an emotionally charged hybrid of music with a slightly gloomy aura. Haunting, wholesome and incredibly powerful.

Listen to my Afro-Doom Soul playlist featuring Cold Specks, Mirel Wagner, Benjamin Clementine, Kwabs, Kelela and more.

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VIDEO:Introducing French Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Ibeyi & Their Yoruba Doom Soul

Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.

Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for  Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).

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I’ve been socially awkward all my life as well as an introvert. It’s easier for me to write my feelings or convey them creatively than it is to speak them aloud. I’d rather be at home cooking for friends than out in large settings. Small talk eludes me. My jokes are corny… and not even in a charming or ironic way. I never know how to end conversations other than weirdly walking away. I have a tendency to over-share then go mute. My anecdotes lack an arc. And I think it was only a few months ago I realized that while the fear of social situations has lessened my gawkiness will probably never go away… and that’s okay! So I say to you fellow social weirdos lets embrace our quirks and our need to retreat sometimes. The world wouldn’t be the same without us 😘.  #weawkward #butwemeanwell #weirdisgood #whattheworldneedsnow #areintrovertssweetintroverts

I’ve been socially awkward all my life as well as an introvert. It’s easier for me to write my feelings or convey them creatively than it is to speak them aloud. I’d rather be at home cooking for friends than out in large settings. Small talk eludes me. My jokes are corny… and not even in a charming or ironic way. I never know how to end conversations other than weirdly walking away. I have a tendency to over-share then go mute. My anecdotes lack an arc. And I think it was only a few months ago I realized that while the fear of social situations has lessened my gawkiness will probably never go away… and that’s okay! So I say to you fellow social weirdos lets embrace our quirks and our need to retreat sometimes. The world wouldn’t be the same without us 😘. #weawkward #butwemeanwell #weirdisgood #whattheworldneedsnow #areintrovertssweetintroverts