GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW
Georgia Anne Muldrow, a native of Southern California still in her early 20s, is the author of a brilliant debut LP Olesi on the Stones Throw label. Her family are musical (her mother having sung in Pharoah Sanders' band and her father having been close to Eddie Harris during his electrified saxophone projects). Olesi is one of most the most sideways and beautiful things we've heard in a long while.
Q: How did Olesi come together as an album? "New Orleans," the opening track, stands from the rest of the record in duration, rhythm and sound, and I wonder if it was recorded later than the rest of the material.
A: It definately took some time to build. Some of the songs are 5 years old. Most of them are a whole lot younger, though. Dudley [Perkins] helped me turn the projects in on time, and told me that i should put "New Orleans " first on the record. That song was a necesity for my spirit... Knowing that there's families getting treated like rodents instead of human rights cases anywhere in the world gets under my skin and makes me cry.
My homegirl, Zurah Umi el Wahuj a.k.a. Lakecia Shamecca Ann Bejamin-one of the illest alto saxaphonists that New York and this world has seen in a VERY long minute (Baby Trane is her nickname) - was in town and we was jammin all day, to get these bad spirits off us. New Orleans was born, but there were other songs that were 38 minutes long! So Olesi was about sharing all of it, and not hide out for fear of commercial failure. I've been told that i ain't got no sense of song structure for YEARS. But i know the truth.
Q: I'm totally enamoured with your melodic lines. Do you write lyrics first and then find the melodies for them that fit their meaning and breath-rythm or is it something else?
A: Give thanks! All the songs come to me in some sort of figure, like an imaginary being that kind of teases me to think for myself, but the work is already done. Spirit delivers the spine of a tune to me and i got to flesh it out as my offering back to God.
Q: Are you a disciplined music-maker? Has writing and recording been something you do on a regular schedule or is it in fits and bursts?
A: I wasn't always as diciplined as a music maker, but i was always myself even then. It's really a wonderful thing to offer your artform, whatever you have to give. Whether it be anger, boredom or beauty, it will be up to you to qualify it as a gift from the Spirit. So yes, music be kicking my butt all the time!
Q: Questions of morality and thoughts of revolution come up repeatedly on Olesi. What would a revolution - or at least radically better behavior - look like to you? What are the main powers-that-be to overthrow?
A: THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! BUT DUH! George Bush and whoever is still down with him need tuh go. Straight up. We want our money! My sisters want they voice back. And my brothers want they manhood back. How you gonna bully every nation? Just ain't right. They don't know no love, just war, and war alone.
Q: You haven't hit the East Coast since the LP, and we wish you would. But what's next? Are you planning or recording another record?
A: Oh! A little while back Dudley and I played the Southpaw in BK with J-Rocc (beat junkies) and Eagle Nebula a.k.a J.Malaika Beckford (wnk)... Great show, wish more folks had turned up... but it's all good. I am currently working on a lot of things right now - a project with my mother, a joint album with Dudley (which is fierce), an e.p. with Eagle Nebula,and a new debut e.p. for my band, Pattie Blingh and the Akebulan Five. It's a blessing to be of service!