Back To Mine with Kavita

California Soul – Marlena Shaw

The sound of my Dad’s first couple of years on the West Coast from Fiji. Despite the ignorance of the time, he had the time of his life and has passed on musical tastes from this era to me.

Marlena Shaw - California Soul

Soy Gitano – Cameron de Isla

The legend that was Camaron de Isla and the fact that I have always been fascinated with Flamenco’s distant north Indian roots. The tablas are a nice touch and epitomise this journey.

Camaron - soy gitano

Golden – Jill Scott

This is my go-to on days when I remind myself to put my first world problems in context! Because it is all about context…

Jill Scott - Golden

Double O Soul Soul – Billy Preston

Billy Preston had talent running through every vein in his body. This fantastic version of Double O Soul is a standard party starter (when we had such things!), for me.

1964 Billy Preston with Ray Charles Double O Soul

Revival – Gregory Porter

A gospel vibe with a strong social message. Gregory has a wonderful ability to make soulful, relatable songs regardless of the subject matter.

Gregory Porter - Revival (Official Music Video)

Tumbum – Yemi Alade

From one of my favourite ladies of Afrobeat, this fun tune is a mini rom-com with a funky groove.

Yemi Alade - Tumbum (Official Music Video)

Bad Girls – Donna Summer

No list of mine would be complete without Donna, the queen of Disco. LOVE HER! Everything about Bad Girls is sexy and sassy – the attitude, vocals, horn arrangement… the whole lot!

02. Donna Summer - Bad Girls (Bad Girls) 1979 HQ

State of Mind – Raul Midon

Acoustic, meaningful and soulful, you can take this tune anywhere. Great for reflective moods and times.

Raul Midon, Richard Bona - State of Mind

Kiss Me – Lola Jane & Melvin War

I know I am loved up when this song is on repeat 😊. My favourite is this Bachata version, its subtle and sensual.

Kiss Me (Bachata) - Lola Jane & Melvin War

Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae

Janelle channelling Prince and the Revolution in their heyday with this cracker. What’s more to say!

Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel [Official Music Video]

Kavita ‘Goddess Deluxe’ (BB Boogie mixes)

is out now on I-Kue Recordings.

Goddess Deluxe (BB Boogie Original 12" Vocal)