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Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kindred At Bambou

Husband and wife musical duos are scarce in this age of the "Independent Woman" and "Money First, Women Later", so witnessing a couple who promote romantic interdependence and a healthy, realistic marriage and talent is like seeing a butterfly on the moon: a rarity.

Kindred & The Family Soul, more commonly referred to as simply Kindred, hit the neo soul music scene following the wave of Philly crooner Jill Scott in 2003 with their debut hit "Far Away".  The husband and wife team, Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon, borrowed the title for their first album from another quintessential married team, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee's 1998 book "With Ossie & Ruby:  In This Life Together".  
While Kindred never scorched the chart, they provide substantive music for those who enjoy uncomplicated melodies and solid song writing.

As The Poetry Lounge settles into it's new venue at Bam~Bou (2540 University Boulevard), the push to encourage national music talent can only improve the longest running poetry spot in Houston.  Kindred's show on Sunday, May 15th was no exception.  With a crowd that arrived early and stayed late, Kindred made the
audience feel immediately at home launching into familiar favorites and sharing playful banter.

If this is the look of the Family Soul (and The Poetry Lounge)...the future is shining brighter than the Stars...

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