August 18, 2020
Tune-In Tuesdays #83 BONUS: White City, Black World by Michael Damani
“White City, Black World” by Michael DamaniSource: White City, Black World | Michael Damani
A Bit of Context…
A black and white photograph of Chicago-based guitarist Michael DamaniSource: Michael Damani
“Michael is a prodigious guitar player who plays lead guitar in Wyatt Waddell’s band and also the legendary Original Chicago Blues All-Stars,” says the press release for ‘White City, Black World.’ “He’s been playing the guitar prodigiously for years — and even toured internationally as a blues player — but he’s an up-and-coming songwriter in his own right.”
After touring with talented musicians around the globe — from Paris to Brazil and all across the United States, Damani has kicked off a solo-career with his first single, “White City, Black World.”
White City, Black World by Michael Damani
The soft, textured guitar immediately grazes your ears, radiating a calm, silky sound to your core that leaves your arms adorned in goose bumps.
All of the guitars on “White City, Black World” are layered so intricately. Their sound bares a sense of wisdom, mindfulness, and emotionality.
Damani’s chill flow is perched over the lax guitars, like a skipper butterfly resting on an echinacea flower.
A skipper butterfly sips nectar from an echinacea flowerSource: Skipper Butterflies 01 | Penelope Peru Photography
Both elements go together so fluidly, while the choir-esque backing vocals add yet another dimension to the track’s personality.
“The moral is never trust a cop,– “White City, Black World” by Michael Damani
The horror is they won’t ever stop,
They’ve come to take everything we’ve got,
White city, black world.”
The lyricism speaks volumes in just a few lines each verse. Damani’s perspective is truly just as refreshing as the track’s instrumentation.
During the chorus, “White City, Black World” dials the funk up to 11 for a full-blown jazz-guitar breakdown. It’s vibrant, alive, and… Beautiful.
There’s no better word to describe Damani’s debut single other than beautiful. It’s such a captivating blend of jazz, blues, soul, and R&B elements, it’s quite unlike anything I’ve ever heard before — and I’ve listened to quite a bit of R&B myself, I mean, my 2020 hip-hop playlist is 20 hours and 16 minutes long and continues to grow each week.
I am downright in awe of Damani’s debut single and feel it’s an honor to have “White City, Black World” on my playlist. He has done a phenomenal job honoring a historic moment in history during a pivotal point of sociopolitical revolution.
I’m very, very eager to hear what Damani releases next.
Give Michael Damani’s “White City, Black World” a listen on Spotify now!
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