I remember coming into contact with this artist during the year of 2006.
I heared his music for the first time with a track called "I THINK I LOVE YOU"; and to be honest was blown away.
In fact I fell in love with the track so much I made it my mission to find out more about the artist; and any other songs that he could have made in the past.
The artist that I am refferring to is named Dwele.
Dwele - I think I love you
To my surprise he had bought out quite a lot of material which pleased me no end. More stuff to hear from this amazing young artist who still to this day in my opinion has the most has an angelic and soulful voice from his generation.
I found out that Dwele brought out 2 albums previous to the one I had just found called Something Kinda (2005). The two other albums that he had made before I even knew about him were - Rize (2000) - which he self released himself); and the album called Subject (2003).
I was so glad that I now discovered this artist. He voice reminds me of all of those 1970's vocalists in regards to musics of Soul and Rnb.His voice is that good.
Every album that he has bought out has been amazing in my opinion. There are artists such as Dwele out there ( I will not go into it right now) that are criminally overlooked for whatever reason it is. I just hope that the music critics who are state that Soul and Rnb music is dead. Please I ask them to just concentrate themselves on listening to this artist work and performances and, and they will soon have a different outlook on the music gender.
Detriotas a city gave the World the music of Motown. So it should be well versed in the world of Soul and Rnb music. Dwele is from Detriot; and continues to follow the footsteps of his previous predessors.
However he is different then his predessesors. This is by the inclusion of the music of Hip Hop within his musical makeup for instance.
Dwele has added this music gender to his critic; and has stated that in interviews past and present that he influenced by the Hip group that is A Tribe called Quest in his liking for the music.
This inspiration he gained from the group called A Tribe called Quest led him to becoming an MC for while; and even joing up with the Rap group called - Slum Village based in his home town of Detriot.
Slum village and Dwele
Dwele I have learnt is an multi instrumentalist. He can play the piano, bass, trumpet and guitar as well. But his claim to fame is that voice. And what a voice it is.
He is also a Multi Grammy Award nominated, songwriter, producer, multi instrument musician and vocalist Yet he has cultivated his own musical path road with five critically acclaimed albums Subject, Something Kinda, “Sketches Of A Man”, “W.ants W.orld W.omen” and “Greater Than One”.
Dwele was brought up in a highly musical family that was tragically pared down to his mother and younger brother, once his father was gunned down outside their home. He was only 10.
“The loss of my Father really inspired my creative side,” he recalls. “By getting into music, it provided me with a way to cope with his death.” Dwele adds.
He also captures the rawness of the city with hip-hop influence and beats within his music that speak to his generation and beyond. His ear was shaped by artists of the calibre that were Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis, which his family played regularly in their home.
Dwele is known for his multiple chart-topping collaborations with rap icons such as Kanye West, Common, Drake, Wale & others. He has blazed a trail for this generationʼs newfound Soul/ R&B era.
Dwele also states “...No matter how many Grammy Nominations that I receive, Iʼve always repped Detroit to the best of my abilities. That feeling is like exhaling, to be home while riding in the car upon my return. I see the sights and Iʼm back,” he muses. “When I sit down at the keyboard, as soon as I get home, the material just flows out.
Dwelehas toured around the globe with sell-out crowds in his wake and still seems to mystify his audience, which makes them eagerly anticipate what his next move will be.
I will state this about Dwele. His last album that he released which was during 2012 was my favourite from him so far. The Album is called “Greater Than One”. - Where he wrote or co- writes ten of the thirteen tracks on the album while working the drum kit, keys and horns.
He invited other talents such as Monica Blaire, Raheem DeVaughn, J Tait, L’ Renee and one-man hit machine Mike City to contribute just enough embellish the album to an even greater plain without then overtaking his creative control of the project.
My favourite track from that album (“Greater Than One”.) is the track called "It takes 22 tango". Its got a groove, the lyrics are splendid and its got that voice. In fact its got the "Wow" factor. What a track.
Dwele - IT TAKES 2 TANGO
He has already appeared at the Jazz Café for instance here in London, and that was a sell out without really any heavy marketing or promotion.
What an album. A Soul fans musicial paradise is what I call it. Don't get me wrong his other albums are great but this one reaches - your soul ..literally.
I have managed to source down an Interview for you which gets down to the nitty gritty in regards to the Artist that is Dwele:
Also a video Interview in regards to Dwele - Life Struggles
DWELE MASTERCLASS: LIFE STRUGGLES, BEING SUCCESFUL AND MAKING IT HAPPEN.
Dweleis up against in delvering a new album that can match the other 5 that has bought a smile to any one and every one that has heard them. We have heard it on the grape vine that his 6th Studio album will be called "Same Book... New Chapter"due to be released Summer / Fall 2017.
I can't wait … can you?????
Well thats all folks for me now anyway.
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