It feels like yesterday when Solange dropped “A Seat At The Table”. Released on 30th September 2016, the immediate classic album is a constant staple in many of my playlists. I’ve been a fan of Solange since her 2008 debut album “Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams” so it was truly a special moment for me to see her so widely received after the release of “A Seat At The Table”.
The album was executive produced by the multifaceted Solange and the legendary Raphael Saadiq (Tony! Toni! Toné!) and also features contributions from Questlove to Sampha to Lil’ Wayne to Q-Tip. Of course “Cranes In The Sky” is one of my favourite songs from the album but I love so many of the album cuts too. “Rise”, “Weary”, “Mad”, “Don’t You Wait”, “Where’s Do We Go”, “Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)”, “Don’t Wish Me Well” and “Scales” all have special places in my heart and my playlists!
There are so many aspects that make this album so important to music, black people & our culture. It was made for us (with love), it speaks on so much of what we felt in 2016 and constantly feel and deal with on a daily basis. With everything that’s going on in the world, I take pride in always finding solace in music and “A Seat At The Table” is one of the albums for me. It speaks for me when I cannot and encourages me when I need that too.