My Afrobella of the Week needed more cookin’ in the kitchen. This is a woman I have a whole lot of respect for, so I want to come correct. And I want her post to kick off the week right, so I’m making the editorial decision to hold off on Afrobella of the Week this week. I say better it’s written well all the way through, than prepared and posted in haste. Actually, recently someone suggested to me that I change it to Afrobella of the Month. Any views on that, bellas?

On to the newness — You’re starving for some new music. But the existing landscape of the musical scene is so stale, you continually find yourself turning back to the classic soul tracks of the sixties and seventies. Look no further — I have the perfect new album for you that brings the sounds of the present and the past together in one fantastic  blend.

Former Afrobella of the Week, Sharon Jones has just dropped her latest album, 100 Days, 100 Nights. It’s beyond tight. I’m loving it!
It’s the kind of groovy, mellow album that you can listen to all the way through without skipping a track. Don’t believe me? The album is being screened in its entirety on AOL Spinner so you can listen for yourself.

If you enjoy Amy Winehouse but you’re sick of watching her eclipse her talent with shocking celebrity stunts, you’ll dig Miss Sharon even more. She’s worked hard to get where she is today, and she truly appreciates her fans. The Dap-Tones agree, as you’ll discover in this great MTV interview. Click here to check out a little video of Sharon and the Dap-Kings recording in the Dap-Studio. It kicks off with her combing out her fro, and features a little acapella singing towards the end. To hear Sharon’s version of Bob Marley’s It Hurts to Be Alone, click here for the Entertainment Weekly exclusive.

The title track is my favorite! 100 Days, 100 Nights makes great use of Sharon’s sweet, strong voice, and that horn section that I love so much. You need it in your life. Click here to enjoy it fully before you go on and buy the woman’s album. And if you love authentic soul, you should support her! It just dropped yesterday, so clicky click to get it on Amazon, and while you’re at it, show Sharon some love by adding her to your MySpace friends.

The group will be touring the US, Canada, and Europe, so check out Brooklyn Vegan for tour dates. It breaks my heart that they’re not coming to Miami. Oh well — I still have her killer new album to comfort me. And in case you’re wondering what kind of live performance this petite dynamo puts on, check out this video of her performing on popular French television show Canal Plus.

Sharon rocks!

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