Black Future Month // 2-5-11 // Jennah Bell, Vocalist
Posted on February 5, 2011
I’m not even going to write anything. Nothing to tell you how fresh West Oakland native Jennah Bell is. I’m not going to tell a tale about the golden quality and lilt of her voice, nor gush like I usually do about the unassuming force of her lyricism. I’m not gonna tell you how she made me fall in love with a Solange Knowles tune when she covered Beyonce’s Why Don’t You Love Me. Not gonna tell you how every classically trained young musician I know from the Bay exclaims her name when I ask their favorite. She’s a beast. Not gonna hype it or raise your expectations. Cause the songstress will break them, and I’m not going to spend any more time keeping you from her voice. Black Future Month at Thickwit celebrates astounding singer-songwriter-ill human, Jennah Bell. ((shouts to Getback Productions on cinematography and sound))
While the less nuanced writer might draw the comparison between Jennah’s voice and Tracy Chapman’s, I’m going to go a little further black. A little grittier. As any girl from West Oakland might like to be compared to a southern blues woman, I’m calling it for Memphis Minnie. Here’s her Bay Area ballad, Frisco Town. Also about trains, movement and heartache.
Enjoy the #blackfuture of song — follow Jennah at www.jennahbell.com