Mankwe Ndosi may have been an active participant in the art and music communities up in Minneapolis, but most of us outside of the area haven’t heard of her. Hopefully, that will change in the near future, now that do-gooders’ blues is out. The easy comparison to make is to Erykah Badu, but to stop there is lazy doesn’t do either justice. Ndosi has a beautiful, silky delivery that delivers each word with care, but then can switch it up and slang some thoughts down on a funky beat. Musically, there is jazz, R &B, hip hop, folk, and down tempo, all being mixed up in a blender that allows for Ndosi’s creative lyrics and vocal styling to float over the top. The more I listen to it, I can’t help but think there is some His Name is Alive influence in there as well. Ndosi is making music that doesn’t get a lot of room to succeed, which is a shame, because she is making some of the most, unique, creative, thoughtful music I’m listening to now. Which isn’t to bad mouth any music that fits into a more conventional category, but I’d just hate it if after I found this album I never heard from her again. This is an album that needs your attention. It rewards with multiple listens, with layers to be peeled away and discovered, from her lyrics to her vocal loops, to the interesting percussion and keyboards. Don’t sleep on this one.
|Title:||Mankwe Ndosi - do gooders' blues|