Jul 26, 2013

Roots & Rhythm: India Arie - "Cocoa Butter"

India Arie gracefully moved past allegations of skin bleaching to release her fifth studio album, SongVersation, last month.  I'm excited I finally have a day to enjoy my first listen.  India is on of my favorite lyricists and in the first release "Cocoa Butter" she sings beautifully,

"I show you my burns, you show me lessons learned.  I show you my scars, you show me works of art.  I show you a blemish, you show me God's not finished.  With every imperfection, you showed me your blessing.  You've got a way of making it all ok."

Yoga Journal featured India on the September 2012 issue and I noticed her turban and thought it was great way to control her hair for the shoot.  As she moved closer to the album release, it seems she's fallen for them again.  In the interview, India shares how yoga helped her find her voice and I heard the influence during a quick preview of the album.

From her album cover to promotional events, India has opted for a vibrant array of turbans and wraps for her hair.  I do love the energy she brings with them, but I am curious to know what is going on underneath. After my first run through SongVersation, I'm sure India will bring me back to the reality that she is not her hair.

If you've had a chance to check it out, how do you feel about India Arie's new project?  Don't forget to share your favorite track!

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