Imani Uzuri’s voice is one of those that rocks you, rolls you and shakes you. Even when she is whispering and reflective. My current vibrations seem to be calling out to Afro-American women with powerful, distinctive voices. Last post was Drea D’Nur. Today it is the utterly amazing Imani Uzuri from down Carolina way.
Her voice is the instrument, the entire world, the essence of reality. Joan Armatrading, Bettye Lavette, Leotyne Price, Nina Simone and Meshell Ndegeocello are all her soul sisters. From the first notes you know this is a deep well full of blessing and excitement. Apparently, I’m the late comer, once again. Imani has been gigging around the Big Apple and the world for a number of years and collaborated with the likes of Gil Scott-Heron and John Legend.
Here is an article with some nice clips from the magazine Deep Roots. What an album!
02 Whisperings (We Are Whole) – Radio Edit
03 Winter Song
04 O’ Woman
05 I Sing the Blues
08 Meet Me At the Station
09 Raga for My Lovers
10 You Know Me You Love Me
11 Soul Still Sings
12 Dream Child
13 I’m Read/ She Came Traveling