Transcendental Songs to Get You Through (as told by Djali)
When asked about music that takes her to another place, Djali exclaims: "I’m not exaggerating when I say I have over 8,000 songs on my iTunes. Everything Fela Kuti takes me on a trip through the underground spiritual game. I also love early Baaba Maal, particularly the song Yela. I also like a lot of East African music from the ‘60s. My taste is really global and I feel that every time I listen to music from the continent and the Diaspora, it connects me to my extended family all over the world. We may not all speak the same language, but we share deep spiritual connections to one another.”
For Roundtable, Djali curated a selection of songs that take her to another place. With songs from postcolonial Nigeria to contemporary Brasil, the phenomenal playlist is titled "Take the A". Listen to it below.
Take the A
Gentleman, Fela Kuti
Bouyel, Baaba Maal
Oxgam, Miriam Makeba
Rosemary's Baby, Fania
Odara, Caetano Veloso
Vamos Fugir, Gilberto Gil
Love Djali's playlist? Order a copy of issue 02 here for the full interview and photoshoot.