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The thirteenth album and Stax Records debut from internationally-renowned singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Teena Marie, Congo Square marks a deeply personal milestone for “Lady Tee.”
Like most of Teena Marie’s classic albums, it is a largely autobiographical journey that cruises smoothly from southern soul and smoky jazz to dance floor funk. Along for the party are special guests Faith Evans (on the first single “Can’t Last a Day”), Howard Hewett (on the steamy duet “Lovers Lane”), MC Lyte (“The Pressure”), Pastor Shirley Murdock (“Soldier”), the jazz trio of pianist George Duke (on the title track), drummer/co-composer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Brian Bromberg (on the cinematic ballad “The Rose n’ Thorn,”) and Teena’s daughter Rose LeBeau (“Milk & Honey”). Congo Square is a nod to all who came before and to the ones who will follow in her footsteps, firmly reiterating the obvious: there is only one Teena Marie.
The iconic soul music star and Rhythm & Blues Awards Lifetime Achievement recipient penned and produced all sixteen tracks on Congo Square, whose title is a reference to the sacred area of The French Quarter in New Orleans where slaves were allowed to dance and sing in the wardrobe of their mother country on Sundays.