Bertrand’s Play List for Black History Month

Michael Kiwanuka image credit: NME

Photo: Michael Kiwanuka

Image credit: NME

My wife has recently banned me from listening to some of my favorite Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield’s albums. I have to confess that once I am hooked on an artist I can obsessively play it over and over. In due rights, constantly playing the same tracks can be very annoying.

While reflecting on my behaviour and in order to save my marriage, it became evident that the cause of my repetitive and compulsive approach was black music. So yes, I love Black music, I am proudly addicted to it and I can’t get enough of it.

To celebrate Black history month I have put together a playlist of soul, reggae, and hip-hop tracks old and recent. I have  included a couple of artists that might not be classified as Black music but their sound is  heavily influenced by my favorite soul records and their associated production techniques

I listened to the playlist once more this Sunday morning (on the headphone, not to disturb anyone) and found it cohesive throughout. I hope you do too.


You can listen to the playlist here (n.b. Trust Internet Security software will not allow Spotify to open)

Michael Kiwanuka – Cold Little Heart

El Mitchel’s affair – C.R.E.A.M

Sault – Sorry ain’t nothing

A tribe called quest –  Luck of Lucien

Little Simz – I see you

Childish Gambino – Redbone

Horace Andy – Skylarking

Jackie Mittoo – Deeper and deeper

Mary Love – Born to live with heartache

Roudoudou – Peace and tranquility on earth

The troublemakers – Get misunderstood

Cleo Sol – 23

Solange – Weary

The war on drugs – Living proof

Cigarettes after sex – Sweet

BADBADNOTGOOD – Time moves slow

James Blake – Hope she’ll be happier

Booker T & the M.G’s – Children don’t get weary

One thought on “Bertrand’s Play List for Black History Month

  1. This is my second play through today while I work from home. Thanks for sharing, Bertrand, and keeping me entertained and chilled at my desk.


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