ListN Up: EmmoLei Sankofa (September 2, 2022)

ListN Up is a series of artist-curated playlists that offer an intimate sonic portrait of contemporary artists by showcasing the diverse and stylistically varied music that influences their creative practice. 

EmmoLei Sankofa is an American composer, producer, musician, and artist whose work spans music, visual media, and fine art. EmmoLei’s original music can be heard on the Emmy-nominated series Lizzo’s Watch Out for the Big Grrrls, for on Amazon; Shudder/AMC’s horror anthology film Horror Noire; Starz’s forthcoming season of Step Up: High Water; the standout indie comedy The Threesome; and much more. Her discography encompasses over 21 independently released albums, EPs, and singles, and embodies a mixture of genres, often integrating soul, jazz, classical, and rhythm and blues.

Hey, what’s good y’all?! I’m EmmoLei Sankofa, an artist and composer from Atlanta, Georgia. While I wish I could put a million songs on this playlist, I’ve only selected a handful that I find myself returning to over and over again. So, I sincerely hope you enjoy it, and hey… without further ado, check out my playlist below.

“Woman” by Little Simz

This song makes me feel powerful.

“Seventeen” by Inc. No World

I wish I could put this entire album on the playlist because when I don’t feel like thinking about what to listen to, this album is it. This song is one of my favs and I’ll likely never get tired of listening to it.

“jill/jack” by Moses Sumney

This song always reminds me of and makes me appreciate my duality. It grounds me.

“Red Room” by Hiatus Kaiyote

This song feels like a good cup of coffee. It’s what I retreat to when I’m in the mood to be reflective.

“Out My Mind, Just In Time” by Erykah Badu

There’s no Erykah Badu song that I don’t listen to repeatedly, but this one feels like an excursion between many different worlds. It feels like time travel.

“Love You Tonight” by DJ Maphorisa, Sha Sha, & Kabza de Small

This song makes me dance and instantly puts me in a good mood.

“In Your Eyes” by BADBADNOTGOOD, ft. Charlotte Day Wilson [Nosaj Thing Remix]

This song makes me think about an old muse.


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