Talibah Safiya is immediately inviting but hard to classify. Her music contains elements of R&B, soul, and jazz. NPR named her among the Best of Americanafest in 2018. Comparisons to Erykah Badu abound. I get it: these kinds of descriptors give people a point of entry; these kinds of comparisons are flattering. But in this case, they’re are also beside the point. Talibah Safiya is, as much as any artist I know, utterly, thankfully herself.
Listen to Talibah's Mix on Spotify:
Talibah Safiya's Mix:
1) Nina Simone, "See Line Woman"
2) Erykah Badu, "Didn't Cha Know"
3) Little Dragon, "Constant Surprises"
4) Bob Marley, "Natural Mystic"
5) Duke Ellington, "In a Sentimental Mood"
6) Outkast, "Liberation (with Cee-Lo)"
7) Talibah Safiya, "Middle of the Night"
8) Damian Marley, "There For You"
9) D'Angelo, "One Mo' Gin"
10) Kanye West, "Late"
11) Gangsta Boo, "Where Dem Dollas At"
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