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Licence To Sing: Afrodeutsche's Favourite Albums
Manu Ekanayake , June 27th, 2023 10:07

From a childhood spent dancing to Top Of The Pops, a complicated relationship with Michael Jackson and the tragic loss of her tape collection, Afrodeutsche takes Manu Ekanayake through the thirteen albums that changed her life


Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

I think the first time I heard this was when I was given a CD of it and I remember playing it in my friend Joanne Richards’ car, so this is clearly the 90s. She'd just learned how to drive and I lived in Devon where we would drive up and down the seafront listening to this album in its entirety. We’d just be singing 'Golden Lady' all the way! Just up and down the seafront; it was ingrained in us both so deeply. I still feel that to this day. It's such a timeless album that two teenage girls in Devon could still connect with it even though it was made before we were born. But I will always love the connection that we as teenage girls could feel so deeply to this classic album. It had everything on there, I mean it’s a weepy one, it’s a political one, but overall it was an album that brought us joy and it was one we always looked forward to listening to.