When given a chance to see a shooting star no one turns down the shot. The chance to see something rare and special draws us in every time. That opportunity has been afforded to us once again, from a truly unique soul. Enticing Resultz was exposed to a songstress who’s clearly here for a purpose. Imani Nakessa, the old soul in a young voice. First hearing her talents years ago, then through the Howard Gospel Choir, and now her videos on YouTube. Ms. Nakessa is always busy and pushing to make her brand of music stand along that of the greats.
While out the day with Imani, she expressed the hope that people would learn to be themselves unapologetically after hearing her. Rooted in gospel from church as a young woman, the spirit is felt when she lets loose. “My grandmother was quiet and strong. Taught me to also have strength in myself.” Learning from both her mother and father that who you are is a reason and a purpose for it. Nakessa feels she knows the purpose for her angelic vocal skills. “Focus on instilling the youth with the knowledge of self and excellence to develop them into those who will build stronger communities. Help make sure they understand that the focus is not to gain white approval, but to build and operate as our own unit as an actual community.”
With vision and dedication she hopes to reach those goals without fear. Imani displays fearlessness with her execution in song and presence, that spirit is all based in her faith, her name literally means “Faith has brought prosperity.”
Not really into today’s scene of hip hop and R&B , Imani draws inspiration from the history in her craft. Black artist and nature being her biggest influence, the sound she supplies is a reminder and refresher for those who yearn for when soul music had soul.
” As of right now there are very few “artists” making real hip hop these days. In my opinion, hip hop and real r&b, not this new age foolery they are claiming to be r&b, will make a huge come back and when that iconic moment hits I would love to stand and be a part of that but as of right now hip hop has gone into hiding working in secret to blow all this other mess away.” Billie Holiday is one of those role models that girls today need but do not have , except for women like Nakessa, who draws strength not from today’s biggest pop artist. Yesterday’s stars still twinkle at her through their music. The twinkle shines through her obviously when you listen to the way she croons Stevie Wonder’s “A ribbon in the sky”.
Growing up differently with two brothers and young sister, whom all are musically inclined also along with her mother. The formula for singing and expression was instilled from birth. “I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember so it’s just something I’ve always done. A gift bestowed upon me that can be utilized to heal, to educate, and unify.” The purpose of it all for young Imani is to make a better situation for her people through music directly.
I asked her about an artist responsibility to speak on social matters and if it does matter. “I do think it is culturally important for artists to speak on social issues because at some point you have to realize that your influence is very great and for you to stand with those who stood with you before you reached the status that you have it builds necessary strength among communities.” Those morals and foundation are usually avoided by today’s top selling artists in fear of losing endorsements. That relentless love and undeniable talent will continue to move Nakessa forward with her purpose and find a way to liberate all those that hear her wonderful voice. Keep your ears pealed.
Columnist/Enticing Resultz Magazine