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The Como Mamas

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The Como Mamas

Reader and friend Hal sent me these amazing ladies, and I can’t stop playing them. This is the gospel group known as The Como Mamas. Hailing from Como, Mississippi (Pop. 1,279), the Mamas are powerful and memorable in the extreme. They’re not what I’ve come to expect of gospel music. They’re not perfect, they’re not polished, they don’t blend, they don’t smile much. They sound like regular folks, only funkier. And I like them immensely.

“The Como Mamas demonstrate this kind of unity that has been so central to the development of African American history. Their three voices do not merge indistinguishably into one, but rather create a collective sound all the more moving because each individual voice remains clear. In a review of the Como Mama’s record Get an Understanding, ethnomusicologist Fredara Hadley celebrated the “imperfectly harmonic” relationship between their voices. And it is in this perfect imperfection, this slippage, this coming together of three individual voices each singing the song and not just the notes, that a vector of energy is created. This energy is what moves people. This is the energy that gets you through.”

– Music Maker Relief Foundation

You can follow The Como Mamas on their website and on Facebook.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “The Como Mamas

  1. When I saw the title I immediately thought of Lake Como, but no these ladies are belting out Gospel numbers not pasta. What fabulous voices!

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  2. I am happy that I found them and Donna agreed with me. This is southern gospel music at a lot of churches in the South. I really do enjoy them. They are not polished and I love them for that reason. You can’t listen to them and not understand they are singing gospel and love what they are doing. Hal

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  3. Well my goodness…never heard of them and they are neighbors…sort of. I can’t understand ever word but they got soul for sure.

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  4. Being from New York, this was something completely unexpected. I thought, because of his recent rise in popularity, this was going to be a group of women who love Andrew Cuomo,

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