Thanks for the understanding most of you have had for the loss of my partner. The situation was unexpected and has not been easy, but I am better. I have been very busy since, with the aftermath and work, so I really haven't had the time or desire to post here. But I do check occasionally and will try to update requested links when I get a chance. No idea when or if I'll get to new posts, but you never know. He did support this blog, so maybe I'll get back to it. Thanks for your patience.

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Efua – Dream Juice (1993)

Another much overlooked artist of 1993 was Efua Baker. Her sole album was heavily influenced by the Soul II Soul sound that, while not as popular as it was years earlier, was still getting airplay. In Efua’s case there was a real connection, however, as she had dated and had two children with Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B.. Efua’s music was a bit more esoteric, however, more like Soul II Soul when Jazzie B took over lead vocals. Thus, it contains a lot of spoken word vocals, and the music is hip hop–soul- jazz, but it’s still pop. She released three singles, “Somewhere”, "Down Is The Drop" (my fave) and “Strawberry Boy”, but none had much impact. (Check out the video to “Somewhere” below, but keep in mind that the version in the video is a remix of the album track.) She appeared a couple years later on the Soul II Soul album Volume V: Believe, but otherwise her recording career seemed dried up. You would think her story would end there, but luckily Efua embarked on a successful but entirely different career – as a fitness instructor. She appeared on the BBC series Fat Nation and recently trained Christian Bale for his role in “Batman Begins”. A lucky woman indeed!

Video for Somewhere

Video for Down Is The Drop

Video for Champagne

Download Dream Juice

1
Move
2
Down Is The Drop
3
Strawberry Boy
4
Champagne
5
Kiss Kiss
6
Love Is
7
Yes You Do / (Interlude) Do Me Right
8
Somewhere
9
Is There More
10
Knock

2 comments:

  1. Hi, Nasty G!
    This album is good and I love the fact that she worked with Christian Bale! (she's sooooo lucky) LOL

    Recently I saw another video of her on Youtube; it was called 'Down is The Drop' ;)

    Take care.
    Greetings from Chile,
    El Astronauta (The Astronaut)

    ps: Sorry for my poor english :S

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  2. Hi,

    I just found a link to your site on Google tonight and I LOVE it!!!!

    So much great stuff on here and so many albums that I just so happen to own as well....like this one for example, as well as the Double Z album. Both of which I found this year for five bucks in second hand stores.

    Lots of Prince related stuff, too I see....

    yep, that definitely meets with my approval cuz I'm a pretty big fan of his.

    I think I'm gonna put a link to this place on MY site!! :D

    Keep up the good work and don't forget to check out my blog "The Adamo Opinion."

    Peace.

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