Lalah Hathaway & DivaGeek Rise and Shine

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Seeing an advertisement proclaiming "buy one, get one free" is pretty much unicorn awesome, and in music it's especially life giving when you've got two artists you adore who decided to come together, craft a song, and the results turn out to be gooood. Not just good, four 'o's good.

We are getting a major deal here with Lalah Hathaway joining up with the eclectic duo DivaGeek on "Shine", a positive packed number that is funky with a side order of soulful that even the most surly individual can find heart in. What I really enjoy is the contrast of vocals between Hathaway and DivaGeek's Vula Malinga, as Hathaway pours on that rich hot buttered rum of a vocal she has while Malinga's flutters in with her sweet soprano making for a perfect combination, and one that should happen more often. Well, considering the latter, a wish has been fulfilled, as Hathaway is planning a new EP with the duo, marking this as her first independent release since she departed ways with legendary label Stax some time ago. As someone who was lulled to sleep by Hathaway's last effort (2011's Where It All Begins), this song and DivaGeek's involvement in her latest upcoming project have me awake and shouting: "take my money, now!"

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