Monday, June 11, 2012

#MusicMonday Before #Yuna, There Was Lawanna

"Everything old is new again!" ~ Dr. Osweiler

I find it interesting that rap and hiphop music radio has embraced Yuna. The terriffically talented Malaysian songstress continues to gain large numbers of fans among people (and ladies) of colour. I'll bet you don't know about another headscarf-clad songstress who wore the hijab long before it was "in"... a genuine "Lady of Colour"... Lawanna!

A Casualty of Bad Timing

Unfortunately for the multi-talented budding artist Lawanna, she came on the scene right around that uncertain time when the advancing "musical internet" aspect was growing like a weed: it had already plucked the eyes out of the American Music Recording Industry, which had just gotten used to life after MTV.

We're in the early 2000's - there's a lot of pirated, bootlegged and otherwise "free" material circulating on the interwebs. A new generation of music lovers existed, often referred to as "THE RADIOHEAD GENERATION" - Only established artists (like Shakira, for example) at the mightiest labels (Columbia, SONY) were able to weather the mp3 hurricane. SONY went so far as to equip music CDs with "root kit" technology that automagically secretly installed its software on any computer or laptop the commercial CD was loaded on (and still will if you have a CD from that moment in musical time).

Music Industry Future In Doubt

Despite more than 20,000 lawsuits filed against music fans in the years since they started finding free tunes online rather than buying CDs from record companies, the recording industry utterly failed to halt the decline of the record album or the rise of digital music sharing.

The industry had no idea at that time how to deal with, let alone tame the digital media beast - many new and upcoming artists suffered - Alice Smith immediately comes to mind - while older, more established acts, like Blondie and The Rolling Stones explored all of the possibilities the new digital frontier had to offer.

Luwanna, discovered, produced and recorded by The Vagabond Project, was one of those new artists who, had the music business not gone through the internet hiccup, would have eventually found her way onto radio playlists and brick-and-mortar record stores and CD shops

This post is a testament to Lawanna, the beautiful lady of colour in the headscarf who had great music to share - at a time when no one cared to listen.

Read on to find out how you can obtain a rare copy of Lawanna's "Prisoner of Love" CD

For music afficianados and collectors only! I have one (1) copy of Lawanna's rare promo CD "Prisoner of Love" which features an extremely rare bonus track: an interview with Lawanna herself! The recording was made by the Vagabonds themselves!

I will sell this little piece of musical genius and history if the price is right. Contact me by going to the upper right hand corner of the screen where you will see directions to either fax or email me. Serious inquiries only. No offer accepted less than USD$500.

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