A road trip to Atlanta, GA for the One MusicFest was the perfect way to end the summer season. What a cultural experience!? To see people of different colors, body shapes, and fashion sense to come together for music was beautiful thing!
The One MusicFest is the Southeast’s most cross genre featuring a combination of music legends like The Roots and Lauryn Hill and today's new comers in the music industry like Sza and the group The Internet.
I’m a new fan of Sza! Just discovered her a while ago on Instagram because of her gorgeous big hair and urban style, later to figure out she was a singer! Unfortunately as we were approaching our field seats she was just finishing up her performance with her version of "You Make Me Wanna" by Usher. As from what we could hear she did a great job!
Wale performed a string of his hits like “Bad’, “Matrimony”, “No hands” and my personal favorites “Slight Work” and “The Break Up Song”. Wale’s energy is always a 10 on stage and works hard to keep that momentum going the whole time!
Janelle Monae and the Wondaland shut the stage down with their musical numbers. I promise they give me a Prince and the Revolution, and a Earth Wind and Fire vibe! From the stage set up, to the electric and vintage clothing, I’m here for it!
Janelle Monae sung her hits “Electric Lady” and “Yoga”. My crew can tell you that I was up dancing the whole time!
Added to the lineup was Jidenna, who is also part of the Wondaland band. I knew that I enjoyed watching him perform on T.V and seeing him on the internet but seeing him live was even better! When his chart topping hit “Classic Man” came on, I can say that no one was sitting down! From the stands to the field, everyone was dancing and singing along.
Janelle and the band didn’t want to leave the stage without reminding us of the injustice of police brutality in todays time. With the chant “Hell You Talmbout (Say Their Names)” , the audience is in remembrance of the lives that have recently been loss.
Growing up in the 90s was electrifying. The culture of raw hip-hop, R&B was at it's peak & self-expression/fashion was like no other. It's not surprising the millennials have gravitated toward the 90s & 2015 is reminiscent of this era.
Young girls such as myself had role models to choose from: Tia & Tamera, Brandy (love her), Monica, Brittany Spears & the list goes on & on. A vessel of truth emerged in the 90s by the name of Lauryn Hill & forever changed the music energy. Hill headlined the ONE MusicFest mesmerized by her beloved fans with her effortless talent.
The moment Hill graced the stage she commanded your attention. Opening with, "I Gotta Find Peace of Mind," I was immediately lost in the moment & captivated by the angelic voice before my eyes. The Caribbean arrangement of Ex-Factor, Fu-Gee-La, Nina Simone's-Feeling Good, Doo-Wop "that thing" (my fave)--Hill did NOT disappoint. She effortlessly rapped & sung "Lost Ones" not missing a beat (take notes aspiring female artists). Can we get a new album??? She truly left her fans longing for more.
With only one album, "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill," her body of work resonates today & will continue to be a musical blueprint that redefined a female rapper, challenged societies standards, influenced self-worth, value & "queendom". Thank you for sharing your ART, Ms. Lauryn Hill.
Black magic was in full effect! The fashion & positive energy made me feel right at home--family reunion style!
"Travel, explore life, get to know yourself & enjoy every moment!"
Peace & Blessings,
I can’t end the post without giving you some FASHION hunny!! The crowd was definitely festival ready with their indie, vintage, 90s hip hop outfits! Check out more music artists and street style in the pics below!
It was a pleasure traveling and collaborating with my friend Ebony with this post. Please check out her blog insidemylush.blogspot.com and Instagram @lushgroup.
I would certainly attend this event again! It was such a cultural event that it definitely gave me motivation and inspiration for future blog posts!