Teena Marie

Congo Square

Teena Marie - Congo Square

2009 | Stax 

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Congo Square Track Listing

Congo Square Notes

Congo Square, like most of Teena Marie's classic albums, is a largely autobiographical journey that cruises smoothly from southern soul and smoky jazz to dance floor funk. Along for the party are special guests Faith Evans (on the first single "Can't Last a Day"), Howard Hewett (on the steamy duet "Lovers Lane"), MC Lyte (on the sexy opener "The Pressure"), Pastor Shirley Murdock (featured on the track "Soldier"), the jazz trio of pianist George Duke (on the title track "Congo Square"), drummer/co-composer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Brian Bromberg (on the cinematic ballad "The Rose n' Thorn,") and Teena's daughter Rose LeBeau (on the soul salute "Milk & Honey").

Teena penned and produced all sixteen tracks on Congo Square, the title of which is a reference to the sacred area of The French Quarter in New Orleans where slaves were allowed to dance and sing in the wardrobe of their mother country on Sundays. Teena penned the songs during a period of extended personal darkness that somehow manifested positive and loving art.

"I've been through quite a few trials and tribulations over the last two years," Teena shares regarding the time between her acclaimed 2007 release, Sapphire, and now. "I spent many of those hours in prayer and felt like God was putting his arms around me. I started thinking about the music I grew up on - how inspired it was. Each song I was coming up with began to sound like the style of some favorite artist of mine from the past... Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, Billie Holliday, the old Chicago soul of The Emotions and the new Chicago vibe of Kanye' West... Ice Cube's bumpin' in the trunk vibe and of course, Rick James. It's all in there."

Credits of Congo Square

  • James Allen
  • Composer, Keyboards, Audio Production, Drum Programming
  • Doug Grigsby
  • Bass, Keyboards, Drum Programming, Audio Production, Producer, Guitar (Bass), Composer
  • Teena Marie
  • Guitar, Percussion, Arranger, Composer, Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, Drum Programming, Audio Production

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