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.
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.
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…
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.
A gospel vibe with a strong social message. Gregory has a wonderful ability to make soulful, relatable songs regardless of the subject matter.
From one of my favourite ladies of Afrobeat, this fun tune is a mini rom-com with a funky groove.
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!
Acoustic, meaningful and soulful, you can take this tune anywhere. Great for reflective moods and times.
I know I am loved up when this song is on repeat 😊. My favourite is this Bachata version, its subtle and sensual.
Janelle channelling Prince and the Revolution in their heyday with this cracker. What’s more to say!