Welcome to 2019

This is it, this is a new day, a new chance at life and a new year full of music!

If 2018 has taught me anything than it’s that Maya Angelou is right: 

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.  

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

Maya Angelou

Poet, Singer, Memoirist, and Civil Rights Activist

After struggling with my health for the best part of 8 years, my father has donated me his kidney in August 2018. As much as I’m grateful for this gift, I’ve always tried to be grateful for every day I had been given, no matter how hard it was. I made it my mission to show my gratitude by filling every day with as much joy as I can.

The one thing that brings me a lot of joy is choosing the songs for The Healer Hip Hop Playlists. I’ve had many years of not keeping up with music. Where I felt His Hop or Soul  Music is dead only because I didn’t take the time for myself to look for it.

So, here it is: my gift to you and me:

The Jamuary Playlist 2019

Jamuary is a month of growth for musicians of all kinds. These don’t only include those people who already make music, but also those who have an inner musician that is just waiting to come out! I’ve made the commitment in my interview with Anna-Liisa to finally publish my music I made about ten years ago.

Art heals

I want to encourage you to also take Jamuary as a month of growth, and take one little step to explore your inner musician or artist! Art heals and so does music. But actually creating music or art heals you even more, so let’s commit to that! I would love for you to share your songs and art with me!

Seek balance and energy

As usual, I want to point out two songs from playlist. One is the new single of Zambian-born, Botswana-raised and currently Melbourne-based female rapper SAMPA THE GREAT. It’s a very powerful ode to feminine energy in balance with the masculine, which I also talked about with Anna Liisa.

“This year taught me a lot about the balancing of self. We need to constantly replenish both the masculine and feminine aspects of our energy. This song and visual symbolises finding this balance, thanking those who have supported this journey so far and bridging the gap between BBEE9 and the new music to come in 2019.

Sampa the Great

Producer | Rapper | Artist

The other song I’d like to point out is “Die Uhr läuft” (The clock is ticking) by German Soul-Singer Adi Amati

Like energy, it’s an empowering song that encourages you to the energy that you’ve been gifted and to make use of it while you can.  

Amen to that! New Year’s Resolutions aside (which I’m not a fan of anyway, may we all make good use of our energy in this New Year we’ve been given and let’s see what will come out of it. Until next month,

xxx, Ana

 

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