Labi Siffre is a British poet, songwriter, musician and soul singer that has spent his entire career breaking down boundaries. The openly gay singer has built a small cult following with works that deal squarely with homophobia and racism. In addition to his nine albums, the multi-talented Siffre has written three books of poetry and has also written for the stage. Musically, Siffre is known for his soulful, soprano voice and thought-provoking lyrics. His single “I Got The” from his 1975 album Remember My Song received a modicum of fame decades after its release when its funky piano hook was sampled in Eminem’s 1999 debut smash single “My Name Is.” In 1988, Siffre had a hit with his anti-apartheid anthem “(Something Inside) So Strong,” a song that embodies his vocal talents and his social conscience. Also in 2007 Siffre’s “My song” was sampled by Kanye West to create “I wonder” off the Graduation album. Labi Siffre is a soul legend and his songs and lyrics have stood the test of time. So, educate yourselves on where popular songs are coming from and respect the roots! Bless up!
Labri Siffre – “It must be love“