SPOTIFY TAKEOVER :: LOAH
Loah brings us a mix of Delta blues, Jamaican disco and Naija Afrobeat.
In May 2017, Loah released her debut EP 'This Heart'. A beguiling fusion of soul, folk and world music influences, it showcases an artist who has truly found her own voice. From the sleek 'Cortège' sung in the Sierra Leonean languages of Sherbro and Mende, to the diaphonous R&B leanings of the EPs title track, 'This Heart' is a varied and accomplished collection that rewards repeated listens.
As expected, Loah's Spotify playlist for Other Voices, is a diverse and illuminating mix of tracks, featuring introspective singer-songwriters, disco divas and jazz virtuosos. Of the playlist, Loah (also known as Sallay Garnett) says:
"In general, I opted for tunes that I've loved for a long time and artists who've been a profound influence such as Tracy Chapman, Joni Mitchell, Erykah Badu, with some new jams that I'm adoring (Tekno, J Hus) thrown in to keep her lit! It's a prime example of what swirls around my head - Enjoy".
The first track Loah highlights, is the infectious Oumou Sangaré track 'Ah Ndiya' - "Oumou is one of my favourite artists of all time. She's inspiring musically, artistically and politically. This tune is from her first record in 1989 and it's a banger". There's similar praise for the legendary diva Grace Jones, cited as "another iconic queen I take mad inspiration from". Speaking of the track 'My Jamaican Guy', Sallay says "this tune is pure class and a funky fact is that my mum's first cousin (she has Jamaican heritage) mixed it". Reaching back to the Delta Blues, the playlist also features the 1937 recording of 'Love In Vain' by Robert Johnson - "This is one of my favourite songs in the world. If ever I get frustrated artistically or just in general, I return to it and it soothes me. It's always this special reminder of what one man and a guitar can do for the soul".