Atlanta Soundtrack: Child Tate, Linqua Franqa and classic Curtis Mayfield


Child Tate | “Ain’t No Love”

As an alumna of Dekalb Faculty for the Arts, 26-year-old Tate Sequoyah Farris, aka Child Tate, educated extensively in musical theater. And whenever you watch this expressive, dynamic and punctiliously choreographed video, the Decatur native’s stage background makes full sense. 

Not solely is it an Atlanta love fest, sampling Ciara’s 2004 single “Oh” which options Ludacris — it’s additionally an ode to the early large, brash aughts. “Ain’t No Love” is featured on the Grammy winner’s new mixtape, Mani/Pedi, which dropped on the finish of September. (Photograph by Scrill Davis/Courtesy Warner Information)


Linqua Franqa | “Oh Fxck” (that includes Of Montreal and Pip the Pansy)

As the times flip chilly and dreary, let’s take you again to this bop from springtime, which is able to get you dancing exuberantly sufficient to maintain heat, even on the chilliest and spookiest of evenings. Mariah Parker, or Linqua Franqa, grew to become part of the Athens music scene after relocating there in 2013. In Athens, the Kentucky native rapidly established a rap battle prowess and a profitable observe report as an organizer and activist. 

Together with a quickly rising music profession, Franqa beforehand served as Athens-Clarke county commissioner, resigning in August. Oh. Franqa’s newest album, Bellringer, additionally occurs to be function a Ph.D. dissertation in Language and Literacy on the College of Georgia.


Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions | “This Is My Nation”

In case you haven’t heard, there’s an election developing in November. And as polls are already open for early voting, right here’s a tune to get you fired up for exercising your selection on the poll field: the 1968 civil rights anthem by the Impressions. And no, we’re not speaking about “Folks Get Prepared.” With all due respect to that highly effective and extra well-known anthem, “This Is My Nation” digs in and will get far more particular.

Mayfield, who died in Roswell in 1990 after dwelling in Atlanta for a decade, had a exceptional present for combining the sweetness of melodies (these horns!), tender vocals and catchy beats with completely piercing lyrics. This Impressions album was, after all, a precursor to his breakout as a solo star and the discharge of one of many world’s most excellent LPs, 1970’s Curtis.

The one stay efficiency model of this tune on video appears to be a recording with actor and poet Clifton Davis, who recites a bit because the Impressions present background vocals by means of this track. Unfortortunately, his spoken phrase composition virtually solely obscures Mayfield’s lyrics, which is why we suggest soaking within the unique model of our Classic Monitor of the Week.


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