Written By Pasteur/ Photo by Marqui Akins

Written By Pasteur/ Photo by Marqui Akins

There was a time when men sang out their emotions and conveyed out the melancholy, hard knocks, love life and night life with a careful and yet sentimental voice and jazzy technique. Like Louis Armstrong singing the St. James Infirmary Blues or King Cole just simply spelling out L.O.V.E and creates a forever melody for affection. The times when the variety was grand, purely imaginative and boundless, and consequently, this is where new methods in jazz and blues and gospel were crafted. Though the ingenious street bred virtuosos in those days were alleged to have indulged themselves in smoke filled moments of thc and champagne, their sound transported the audience in other realms when on stage, and they knew how to give people what they needed, melodically, lyrically and performance.  

Bringing back that historical sense of creating new sounds, there is a gentleman from The Romantic Movement; who is just about to release Zulu Guru, which will be his other high octane album with an overabundance of imaginative sound with lyrical tenderness in every sense in every sense of the word (tender). The soul singer I am talking about is a gentleman known as Jesse Boykins III or the real Zulu guru.

His music augments the art of seduction and makes you want to turn on the moody red lights in a room.  He has a purely distinctive style that brings back that classic strut mixed with modern urbanism swerve. He is poetic and has an encyclopedic of libretto lyrics that won’t do your heart justice.  Talk about romantic, the music augments certain ambiance and a yearning for sentimental cure.  

His previous album The Beauty Created, had hits like Amorous, Come into My Room and Panty hose. The album was definitely something new. Mr. Boykins added a flavorful tune that inspires that moment of peacefulness, the real late night and home alone kind of jams. When music has line like “I usually see you, around my way every day, and I ask myself, how come I don’t know? Don’t know your name? where you’re from, where you’ve been and it kills me, ah, kills me...” accompanied with series of musical notes that make up a certain melody. There isn’t really much to say after that, you’re just star struck.

We do sometimes exalt great artists in the neo-soul movement like Maxwell or D’Angelo or Erykah Badu and Macy Gray all day, and Mr. Boykins is making his way in that list quite fast. Jesse Boykins III’s music isn’t ordinary; lyrically and instrumentally wise, and his style is fresh, (like fresh out of plastic) his song The Perfect Blues is a testament. The Zulu Guru album compounds the art of music making in a unique way. The pounding drums, piano keys and dusty base lines that makes the rhythm flowing mercilessly. The music grows on you meticulously.  

The lyrics are timeless and melodies are pure classic retro. In this album you can hear the sincerity of love, humbleness and the whole album has a touch of modesty. The blending of chords and his knack for story telling is guaranteed to make you put the album pon de replay (in repeat).