Deva Mahal - "Fire"
She’s the daughter of R&B Legend Taj Mahal, but she’s build a monument all her own. She’s a fierce performer, having grown up gigging on the stage with her father. In 2017 after performing “Chain of Fools” with her father at Carnegie Hall for an Aretha Franklin Tribute, she released three songs of her own, which immediately found purchase in the charts. In 2018 she released her debut album and was listed by Grammy.com as the number 1 act to see at South by Southwest. Now in 2019 she’s tearing up the airwaves and about to make a splash.
She’s been compared to Amy Winehouse and cites Lauryn Hill, Nina Simone, and Tracy Chapman as influences. I mean I’m already in love!
“Every experience in life leaves a mark,” Deva sums up. “Evidence of its existence. Some experiences leave scars, deep grooves inside your very soul that never truly leave you. That is where Run Deep comes from. I never want to wade in the shallow places in life because it's easier, safer or more comfortable. My music speaks a lot about pain and heartache, but I dive into those feelings, submerge myself in them so I can work through them and get to the other side.”
So today, with experience running deep, I choose Deva Mahal’s “Fire” as my, unburnt, unbent, unbroken, song for a, with fierce determination, with joy in every swing, with laughter at the constant beating of the shoreline, Thursday.