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I Am American

by Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe

Funk and Rock n' Roll for your Jazz Blues Soul.
Genre: Rock: Funk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Power on the Floor (feat. Vernon Reid)
4:51 $0.99
2. Box
4:46 $0.99
3. Out of My Mind
5:32 $0.99
4. Long Train Runnin'
3:02 $0.99
5. Blak Girls (feat. Akie Bermiss)
3:50 $0.99
6. Punanny Politixxx (feat. Juakali)
2:36 $0.99
7. Fallopia, Pt. 1 (feat. Brad Walrond)
1:28 $0.99
8. Give It to Me
4:11 $0.99
9. Can't Blame a Tree (feat. Vernon Reid)
6:29 $0.99
10. Go Head & Rise
4:35 $0.99
11. Somebody to Love You
6:56 $0.99
12. In Your View
4:34 $0.99
13. I Am American (feat. Martha Redbone)
4:43 $0.99
14. Fallopia (Outro)
0:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
At a time where it seems where every manifestation of Black self-affirmation—Black Lives Matter, Black self-care, Black Girl Magic—is being assailed by prickly sorts antagonized by most things Black and self-affirming, Black-on-Black love has become medicine for the melancholy, an elixir crucial to keeping the African Diaspora sane and forward-moving. Shelley Nicole—the mainspring behind Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe—is simultaneously a product, a witness and a architect of Black-on-Black love, a calling that has informed all of her work as a singer, writer, composer, actor, poet, musician and a healer. It is the tap root of her latest work, "I Am American," a collection of songs written by her and produced by award-winning guitarist, composer and producer Vernon Reid of the band Living Colour.

"I Am American," the third blaKbüshe release, is Shelley’s sonically and topically valiant mission statement of self-empowerment, self-determination, self-love and self-care. The album is forged from the connective tissue of rock, soul, blues, jazz and funk into a seamless, genre-defying blend while tackling the hard questions of women reclaiming their cultural identity, their psychic refuge and their personal agency. The project is part of the continuum of audacious, self-confident and eclectic Black sisterhood that extends from Rosetta Tharpe to Nina Simone to Betty Davis to Labelle to Joan Armatrading to Meshell Ndegeocello.

"I Am American" is a testament to both Shelley’s vision and her band/collective blaKbüshe. Combined with Vernon Reid’s guidance and her extended family of exceptional creatives who lent their talents and love to the project, "I Am American" harks back to the Golden Age of classic albums that embraced collaborative energy from diverse, paramount artists.



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