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Weekend Playlist: Exceptional female musicians

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This week, we watched Americans elect an alleged sexual assaulter in place of a qualified woman. While the world mourned, Hillary Clinton in her concession speech gracefully encouraged young girls everywhere to follow their goals. ‘’To all the girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your dreams.’’ Hillary said in her concession speech.

Hillary is one of many women who encourage women everywhere to dare to dream. The comforting truth is that women are, have always been, and will continue to be, legendary. As a reminder of this, and because it is the weekend, we have compiled a playlist of old and new songs from female musicians who make us dance, laugh, cry and aspire to be more.

Vulindlela – Brenda Fassie

The ever relevant Brenda Fassie is the first on our playlist with the 1997 classic Vulindlela

Read: Brenda Fassie: I’m not your weekend special

School Your Face – Temi DollFace

Fittingly described as an ambassador of unfettered possibilities, Temi dares us to be unconventional. With her music and style she asks, why be normal when you can be beautifully you?

Agolo – Angelique Kidjo

Next is Grammy award winner Angelique Kidjo, dedicated activist and pioneer, with Agolo released in 1994.

If I Start To Talk – Tiwa savage

This incredible songstress and song writer continues to chart an enviable course in pop music. If I Start to Talk, off the R.E.D album serves as an anthem of all of the pain women go through and most often than not, bear alone.

Read: WCW: Tiwa Savage, Singer, Song writer, Baby girl

Seun Rere – Christy Essien-Igbokwe

With the song which translates in English as “be good/do good” from the Ever Liked My Person? album implores us to do and be good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiK2yF-5sDM

Heartbeat – Nneka

This song will surely wake you up to the world’s realities and your capabilities.

One Love – Onyeka Onwenu

This song on peace and unity at a time where civil unrest was the order of the day in Nigeria, is as relevant today as it was in 1986. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNHsJR8HKKY

The Future – TY Bello

Acclaimed photographer and musician TY Bello wraps up this playlist with a powerful message, ‘we are the future.’

So, go on sister, dance and remember, you are a star!

 

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