Time: September 11, 2011 from 9pm to 10:30pm
Location: Yoshi's Oakland, CA
Street: 510 Embarcadero West
City/State: Oakland, CA
Event Type: oakland, ca
Organized By: Yoshi's
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2011
Sun 7pm & 9pm shows $30
Few young singers from the nascent" new school" of conscious soul possess the grace, maturity, strength and determination of amel larrieux, whose epic solo debut infinite possibilities places her in a musical niche all her own.
Drawing on a wealth of influences from jazz, hip-hop, gospel and funky r&b, and with flashes of middle eastern, west african and indian ethnic styles, amel has crafted a veritable concept album that explores an endless range of promise and potential...lyrically, musically and personally. reflecting the title she chose, infinite possibilities symbolizes a challenge, not only to herself but to the self-limiting and thus incomplete definition of what is commercially identified as black music and art today.
"I'm not worried about labels," amel says when asked about the term "progressive r&b," which has been applied to many of today's artists. "some folks need them for clarity. but the definition of 'black music' should be looked at. if everyone knew how many kinds of music could technically fall under this category, its use would be more justifiable. but most people just don't know."
"What's really disturbing is that many artists are making forms of black music blues, rock & roll, jazz, soul, but for some reason their music is not categorized as 'black music.' so i wonder, does your skin color determine what category you're in? in the end, it doesn't really matter what anyone calls it. label it, that's fine--i just keep makin' 'amel's music.'"