Author: Shanel Brock
Not many people get the leisure to travel back to their homeland. For songstress Satomaa, going back to Ghana was a destination worth the wait. While there, she composted her EP “Diary of a Sad Black Woman”, mostly based on her experience while in Ghana. Her roots are the power horses for her lyrics and style.
Satomaa is the first generation American from her two Ghanaian parents. Currently residing in California, Satomaa is in school studying chemistry, with hopes of becoming a pharmacist. However, her dreams don’t stop there. Growing up, Satomaa found poetry and decided to turn it into something unique. While also having a way with words, she also has an eye for art, where she paints and draws to her liking. While studying abroad in Ghana recently, Satomaa got the opportunity to perform at Chale Wate, Ghana’s biggest music festival. Shy from releasing her first EP, the Ghanaian-American singer/songwriter is making her way.
At a time where dealing with depression can be difficult, “Diary of a Sad Black Woman” helps reach out to those that may be going through the same, and need a voice to listen to. Satomaa provides listeners a smooth and laid back sound, while she lays every track with her lyrics. Satomaa turns depression and heartbreak on its head, providing the topic from a black woman’s perspective.
From top to bottom, DOASBW hosts jazzy infused vibes that’ll be sure to swoon your ears to the beat. Some high points in the project is “Pick Up The Phone”, sampling Mary J. Blidge’s chart topping single “You Remind Me”. In this track in particular, she’s going through a moment where she’s at the end of a relationship. Another favorite from the project is “20 Years”, starting a conversation about dealing with depression.
When depression and heartbreak collide, it can be almost impossible to bear. DOASBW doesn’t sound like a sad story. Instead, it expresses what it feels like; it doesn’t get any rawer than that. For more on upcoming music from Satomaa, head over to her Soundcloud and stay updated on her Twitter. Until our songstress releases more to us, sit back and enjoy the sounds of “Diary of a Sad Black Woman” here.