Goapele On ‘People’s Party With Talib Kweli’

Goapele On 'People's Party With Talib Kweli'

In this episode of “People’s Party With Talib Kweli”, Talib Kweli and Jasmin Leigh sit down with soul and R&B singer-songwriter:


Here’s what they got into:

  • The South African origin of her name as well the correct pronunciation
  • Her parent’s history of being activists against Apartheid
  • Collaborating with South African artists Cassper Nyovest and Hip Hop Pantsula
  • How the cultural gumbo of her upbringing in the Bay gave her a unique perspective
  • Meeting a freshly signed Kanye West at the Fillmore Concert Hall
  • Not realizing the power of her song “Closer” at the time they recorded it
  • Her deep connection to the Hieroglyphic crew and their impact on hip hop
  • Talib’s story of getting locked up with Tajai for smoking a blunt
  • Dissecting the songs “Red, White, & Blues”, “Romantic”, and “Things Don’t Exist”
  • Dave Chappelle’s spot-on impression of Nelson Mandela
  • The impact of Zion I Rapper Baba Zumbi on the Bay Area rap scene
  • Her experiences in the studio with E-40 and how cool a person he is
  • Having the huge privilege of being able to perform with Prince
  • Dissecting the songs “Play” & “Tears On My Pillow” and her album ‘Break Of Dawn’
  • Goapele’s song “Hush” about navigating the struggles of motherhood
  • Her 2014 album ‘Strong As Glass’ and Estelle writing the title song
  • Working with Snoop Dogg on “Hey Boy”
  • Goapele’s song “Perfect” about easing the pain of those in her community
  • Her reluctance to holding a snake in the music video for “Dreamseeker”
  • The influence of Aaliyah on Goapele as an artist
  • Performing “For Love” in Ava DuVernay’s 2013 short film “The Door”
  • Goapele’s work as an ambassador for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation
  • Her sixth album that she’s currently working on and it’s pairing with scented candles

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