Project Mama Earth is a fascinating band, and with their 2017 debut, Mama Earth, we get to enjoy the fruits of this multi-cultural union. British vocalist Joss Stone is collaborating with a select team of musicians, led by drummer Jonathan Joseph. Comprising of Stone (vocals), Nitin Sawhney (guitar), Jonathan Joseph (drums), Étienne M’Bappé (bass/guitar) and Jonathan Shorten (keyboards). The album has a set of eleven original songs steeped in African, funk, and R&B musical traditions. The project started when British soul singer Stone and her former musical director Joseph hit on the Mama Earth concept of an album driven by the dynamic rhythms of Africa. The whole project is about Mother Nature. The music is full of infectious dynamic singing and dance-ready Afro-pop and soul-infused grooves all framed with Stone’s environmentally conscious lyrics. The album contains six vocal tracks and is rounded out with five instrumental interludes that further showcase the group’s world music-informed connectivity. The music is a wonderful collection of the melding of Cameroonian, Mangambe and Bikutsi rhythms with American funk grooves. Music to feed the soul, and that’s the short of it!
1 Mama Earth (Joss Stone)
2 Interlude 1 (Etienne Mbappé / Joss Stone)
3 Waterfall (Joss Stone)
4 Interlude 2 (Nitin Sawhney / Joss Stone)
6 Interlude 3 (Jonathan Shorten / Joss Stone)
7 What Would She Say? (Joss Stone)
8 Interlude 4 (Jonathan Joseph / Joss Stone)
9 Entanglement (Wendy Joseph / Nitin Sawhney / Joss Stone)
10 Interlude 5 (Joss Stone)
11 Breathe (Joss Stone)
Released: November 17, 2017
Stone’s powerful and soulful singing set to African, funk, and R&B feels with beautiful instrumental interludes. Poetic lyrics that are powerful in self-aware and globally-aware concepts. Each song is separated by an interlude of traditional snippets of the African rhythms and sounds that are contained in the project as a whole.