In a year full of amazing albums, Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Seeds was one of my favs. It’s obvious the seeds were planted, fed and watered by DJ and producer Peanut Butter Wolf’s label, Stone Throw Records to yield several eclectic, dope funk, jazz and R&B harvests starting with 2006′s Olesi. Georgia, the daughter of acclaimed jazz guitarist Ronald Muldrow, has teamed up with her husband, Dudley “Declaime” Perkins and producer Madlib on her latest offering. She’s gotten rave reviews in the past from NPR, the Toronto Star and Other Music, describing her as having “Bjork-like arrangements” and being “Chaka Khan produced by Dilla”.
Reading this and the fact that she “does what she wants to do, come what may”, I was hyped the universe connected me with Georgia and Someothaship recently. Visit her Facebook page for more music info and check out our interview below!
Can you remember your first musical moment growing up?
breaking a paper hanger in half to make drumsticks…and somebody(either my mom or my pops) handing me a oatmeal can to match my new innovation. i was 2.
What was the inspiration for your latest album, “Seeds”?
dudley perkins was the inspiration. it was his idea…also saw a documentary called the world according to monsanto while reading a book called malinche by laura esquivel. changed my life.
Do you find it easy writing and recording with your husband?
it all depends if our youngest son nokware declaime is asleep or not!
How was it working with Mos Def, the Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Erykah Badu?
it was good stuff. yasin bey(mos) really hung out to see whatever else i was working on musically, which was an honor. sa-ra still owe me money(smile),but i’ve learned to embrace those youthful days i spent working around the clock to support they sound and aesthetics.i wish them nothin’ but the best. working with erykah was an unexpected event in music i still can’t believe. when we were in her hometown she took real good care of us…and she’s shared some real deep insights with me that are only just now unfolding…so much respect to all.
Your music has been described as retro-soul, funk, jazz and African rhythm influenced. What do you think about that?
retro soul? eh. the soul is eternal.so i guess that one don’t fly, but being funky jazzy and african is a way of life that i’ll always insist on leading for myself. it’s just fine.
Where is your favorite place to perform?
mpumalanga, baltimore and oakland. straight up.
How was it working with Madlib?
straight ahead, and awesome.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what are four things you couldn’t live without?
hair grease, good sense, tropical weather,and an awesome knife.
What is your ultimate hope for the next generation?
i am looking forward to seeing a fearless determination to reject what hasn’t been working for centuries…looking forward to being joined in my generation’s efforts to reach out to the elders that are currently being incarcerated for thinking about the world that they have yet to inherit…and i’m looking forward to understanding new ways to see this planet’s liberation thru their eyes
What are your plans for 2013?
my plan is to rep Dr. charles Stokley to the fullest and highest extent humanly possible…stay tuned for the heat.