Solange makes waves with the release of her new album A Seat at the Table.
Key Facts: Solange Knowles releases new album. Album evokes a cultural conversation.
February 2, 2017 – Solange Knowles requested that we be fed. Her newly released project A Seat at the Table is not only food for the musical soul but is predicted to be the beginning of a long overdue conversation for both black and white America. The album contains a pure sound with anecdotes from her parents, Master P along with features from artists such as Lil Wayne and Sampha. Often compared to her sister Beyonce, Solange sets her path, one very different from her older sister. She delivers a graceful, progressively rich and conversational project with records such as “Weary”, “Cranes in the Sky”, and “Don’t Touch my Hair”.
The album seems therapeutic and symbolic in its own right, starting with the Mona Lisa cover art, introducing the up-close and personal vibe of the album. The seed for the album was planted by an eye-opening response from Jon Caramanica on his podcast regarding Solange’s comments on twitter about her declination of his debate invite. The conversation sparked what is now A Seat at the Table and rings true in a track on the album called “Don’t Wait” where Knowles says:
“Now, I don’t want to bite the hand that’ll show me the other side, no/But I didn’t want to build the land that has fed you your whole life, no/Don’t you find it funny?”
Strategically strummed lyrics such as this are woven together to create not only a story but a journey through the essence of black lineage. Solange is unapologetically penning in story to bring something other than the norm to the table. In an interview with her sister, Solange asserts that her vocal poise both sultry and graceful was purposeful.
It was very intentional that I sang as a woman who was very in control, a woman who could have this conversation without yelling and screaming.
It’s safe to say that the album is on its way to being more than just an album but a collection of art in a musical form.
Watch the “Don’t Touch My Hair” Music Video here:
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Brea Simons | Creative | Howard University
Brea Simons is a graduating senior public relations minor, graphic design minor currently enrolled in a Social Media Marketing Class.
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