The Mixtape Vol. 87

A not-so-festive R'nB throwback

My festive season memories (and likely many of yours) can be characterised by a few things: food, family, and music. I haven’t lived in Nigeria since I was 3, so going home for a month every second or third December was and is still an important ritual. We pack in as much family time as we can on those trips, because we know it will be a while before we can make it back. That means loud, massive meals (I am second of +20 grandkids on mom’s side), long talks about what we’re doing with our lives and how to make them count for something worthwhile, and dancing until our legs give up or back then, until the adults sent us to bed. As for music, I inherited my older sister’s cassette Walkman the Christmas she got upgraded to a Sony CD Walkman, and that was the beginning of the end. I marched over to my ‘cool’ uncles’ room and demanded they make me a mixtape before we went back home.

These songs - some classics, some personal faves, some painfully corny memories - were on that tape they made me. Although not strictly Christmas music (read: not at all), that tape and the music on it carried some really great memories for me. Press play and tell us what would have been on yours.

India Arie - Little Things

India Arie - Brown Skin

Boyz II Men – A Song for Mama

Brandy – Have You Ever

Brandy - Almost Doesn’t Count

Nelly Furtado - I’m Like a Bird

Sade - I’ll Be There

Sade - King of Sorrow

Aaliyah - More Than a Woman

Modupe Oloruntoba