Sister Odetta Sings

To disabuse any notion that my love for Mahalia leads me to ignore other great female singers, I present to you this rendition of Motherless Child by Odetta. Odetta (why don’t we have such names anymore) was known as the Queen of American Folk music(dubbed so by MLK)  and was instrumental in its revival in the 60’s. While I do have my issues with folk revivalist, as I don’t like much of it and find many times the singers render the remakes in a most unsoulful manner, Odetta’s abilities to  summon the full range of emotion and sing some of the songs as if she was field herself has made me a life long fan.

Great stuff from a good woman.

2 thoughts on “Sister Odetta Sings

    • Synchronicity! She was all the rage when I was i elementary. I suppose as a part of those “black self esteem” type of projects. It worked as I still remember her.

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