Recycle It!: Joy Denalane Brings In The Heatwave
Monday, December 12, 2011
Music knows no race, culture, or language, and Joy Denalane is proof of that. I had known about Maureen (doesn't she look grand on the cover?), Denalane's now third album that came out this year. Yet, hadn't seen many folks talking about it because well....it's mostly all sung in German, just like her 2002 debut album, Mamani. To be honest, I have a hard time plowing through albums where I'm not fluent in the language, yet, I was urged by QH, a blog compadre of mine, to check out the album further, as I've been a fan of Joy's since Born & Raised became one of my all-time favorite albums back in 2006. Once again I was taken aback by the force that is Joy Denalane as I found myself enjoying the Maureen album in full. A round of applause goes to Joy for once again bridging the cultural gap. For further listening to the album, a couple of video sessions were made to show Joy in her zone and they are well worth the watch.
Sticking to my English guns, I was even more pleasantly surprised at Joy's gorgeous take on Heatwave's "Happiness Togetherness". It's a tune you don't hear too often, but has always left a warm impression on me from years of hearing off of the band's 1978 album, Central Heating, growing up. In my opinion, I've favored this slow jam over their most well-known hit, "Always & Forever". Heatwave has quite an interesting back-story as they were clearly more than the disco floor burners they released or the band where Rod Temperton got his start before being hired as Quincy Jones' in-house songwriter and the man behind Michael Jackson's chart-toppers. TV One's Unsung series had a great episode about Heatwave that opened my eyes to their hustle (and I do mean hustle---seriously, they prevailed over some real bad luck). Joy does Heatwave justice as she sings this with real conviction. Though it may be chill outside at the moment, this is one cut that beckons back sunny summer days.
Pop after the cut to hear Heatwave's original and soak in Joy's version below.
Joy Denalane - Happiness