I want to introduce you to a talented young songstress who was born ‘across the pond’ in England but whose roots run much farther south. Estelle released her second album this year and from the samples I’ve heard, you will be pleased. See her album cover below.
Born into a strictly religious Senagalese/Granadan family where she was the second of eight children, Estelle learned early about responsibility for self and family, as well as how to escape life’s daily pressures through music. Though her mother had banned secular music in the house, young Estelle was exposed to African music and gospel (as well as her West Indian stepfather’s roots reggae and dub) via an impressive homemade sound system.
Estelle confides that,
My mom is African, but I still have my West Indian roots. She would make African food and listen to African music, but we still had rice and peas and reggae. So I’m able to adapt. I’ve spent the last five years of my life traveling, so my viewpoint is wider than the average rapper or singer.
To Listen to a few songs off her second album Shine check out the following link, make sure to listen to my favorite track No Substitute Love http://www.estellemusic.com/music/player.php
For more about this talented young lady go to her official website http://www.estellemusic.com/
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First of all I must apologize for the month long absence. Please forgive me but I had a much deserved break in Miami with my female cousins. This was definately a “female bonding” trip but we have family who lives there as well who showed us how the Trini’s roll. We stayed at the Avalon Hotel in the Art-Deco Section on Ocean Drive right across the street from the beach. The hotel is not 5 star but what it lacks in amenities it more than makes up for in charm. The staff is sweet and helpful and they really try to get to know your name. The complementary breakfast is good too.
I would stay there again but just keep in mind that your water pressure will be low and the rooms are small.
Avalon Hotel At Night
I will fill you in on my two week long vacation that made me fall in love with Miami’s vibe. Ca’nival is October and it may see back for Mas’!
(Tutorial: Mas’ stands for masquerade, which is what you “play” but the Ca’nival is Carnival which is what you attend)