The cold breath of winter is whispering at the door, so for me this means spending more time at home, curled in front of the fire with some choice kiwi sounds heating my soul and currently filling the void is the debut album from Miss Black and the Light.
Miss Black (aka Ngatapa Black) is a bilingual singer songwriter more commonly found working for Maori television, but thankfully found time to bring us this unique blend of kiwiana entitled Black Light. Influences from India Arie, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu are felt throughout the album without losing her own intense flavour and seams to magically step from Maori to English without missing a beat.
Included on this album is the Maori language single, He Maimai Aroha which was co-written with fellow broadcaster Julian Wilcox and music supplied by Shane Taipari, was a finalist in the contemporary Maori music category, the APRA Maioha Award, of last yearís APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Enough background, this album surprised me with its catchy melodies that move you along while singing along (in my case, quite badly) and the whole family joining in. The album starting off with a Roots feel and slowly moving more into a jazz-blend feel that keeps you hooked.
This is a really great piece of Aotearoa packed into an album that can be enjoyed by the whole whanau. Give it a go if youíre into tones of India Arie, Jill Scott and Erykah Badu and you wonít be disappointed.
Singer-songwriter Ngatapa Black aka Miss Black, the daughter of Whirimako Black, is a musician on the rise.
Miss Black has a truly mesmerizing voice, an incredible amount of texture and tone while simultaneously managing to silkily sooth your soul and make you nod your head. Some of her influences include Erykah Badu, India Arie and Jill Scott.