JAMILA WOODS packed TIto’s tent early Sunday afternoon on the last day of ACL’s first weekend.
Her mood and songs were mellow, leaving many under the tent seated, but definitely swaying in to the sounds of this talented singer. She has a following after her successful performance at SXSW this year, and this set will certainly bring her more fans.
The Chicago poet and songwriter performed some great original songs with a cover thrown in here and there. She has collaborated with Chance the Rapper, among others, and is active in non-profit work back home. Her debut album, HEAVN, was released in 2016. The influence of hip hop, jazz, and soul is evident in her music. Her lyrics are poetry set to music.
Words by Ellen Elmore
RAGING FIYAH: SAVING THE BEST FOR LAST
One of the reasons to love ACL is musical exploration: You don’t have to already be a fan of the artist, or know the melody of a song, or have the lyrics memorized to connect and feel it immediately in your soul. Music is just deep like that.
Case in point and a nice end to ACL 2017, the five piece reggae band, RAGING FIYAH. They are from Kingston, Jamaica and give you that island vibe. They have you in your own world, just letting the music move you. Every member of the band was dynamic and had their own engaging own style.They performed some songs from their Grammy nominated album, “Everlasting”. It’s amazing today to hear their positive message of unification of all people.
The best for last, many festival goers find Sunday their favorite. Discover new artists and add them to your playlist. Well done, ACL! Another reminder of why we love live music so much.
Words by Adesewa Faleti