Thundercat and the unidentified H.E.R. in this week’s The Lists

The Play List

For the past three years, I have been involved in a protracted meditation on Thundercat. Graeme Arendse (art director, Chimurenga) reckons he jacked his whole swag from George Duke and Herbie Hancock. I prefer to imagine him as “heavily influenced”.

Thundercat — Them Changes

George Duke — Liberated Fantasy

Herbie Hancock — Trust Me

Roy Ayers ­— Liquid Love

It generally takes me months to catch on to anything new, so I’m assuming that this is no longer emergent. H.E.R’s Volume 1 feels like a somewhat nostalgic, historically rigorous RnB intervention. Although her identity has not been disclosed, Genius has reported that it’s songstress Gabi Wilson.

H.E.R. — Volume 1

RAY BLK — Durt

Solange — A Seat at the Table

Roberta Flack — Feel Like Making Love

Lindokuhle Nkosi
Lindokuhle Nkosi
Lindokuhle Nkosi, a writer from South Africa whose work textual work often merges with installation and performance. She has written for Mahala, Chimurenga, Africa Is A Country, City Press, Elephant Magazine, Red Bulletin, and Timeslive, and she has curated exhibitions and projects at galleries and in the public space. While floating across different genres – journalistic, reflective, experimental – her work is consistently insightful, rich in textures, and engaged with realities.
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