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Goapele
Birth name Goapele Mohlabane
Born July 11, 1977(1977-07-11) (age 30)
Origin Oakland, California, United States
Genre(s) R&B
Neo soul
Trip-hop
Years active 2001–present
Label(s) Skyblaze/Columbia/SBMG Records
Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings
Goapele Music
Website Goapele.com
ChangeItAll.org

Goapele Mohlabane (pronounced gwah-puh-LAY) (born on July 11, 1977, professionally known as Goapele is an American soul and R&B singer-songwriter. Her name means "to go forward" in the South African language Tswana. is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Oakland redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... R&B redirects here. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... In the music industry, a record label can be a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo. ... Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings is an Oakland, California-based, independent, alternative hip hop record label founded and owned by underground hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... Look up South Africa on Wiktionary, the free dictionary Government South Africa Government Online official government site Parliament of South Africa official site Statistics South Africa official government site News AllAfrica. ... Tswana (Setswana), is a Bantu language. ...

Contents

Biography

Early life

Goapele was born in Berkeley, California, to an Israeli Jewish mother, Noa, and a Black South African father, Douglas, who was a political exile. They married in Nairobi, Kenya. Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School in Berkeley, California. During these years, she joined several groups that fought racism and sexism. She also sang in the Oakland Youth Chorus and joined a group called Vocal Motion. After graduating high school, Goapele attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, where she studied music theory. Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... The State of Israel (Hebrew: מְדִינַת יִשְׂרָאֵל, transliteration: ; Arabic: دَوْلَةْ اِسْرَائِيل, transliteration: ) is a country in the Middle East on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean Sea. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Though most indigenous Africans possess relatively dark skin, they exhibit much variation in physical appearance. ... Categories: Africa geography stubs | Capitals in Africa | Kenya ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in Northern California, in the United States. ... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Ethnocracy Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial quota... The sign of the headquarters of the National Association Opposed To Woman Suffrage Sexism is commonly considered to be discrimination and/or hatred towards people based on their sex rather than their individual merits, but can also refer to any and all systemic differentiations based on the sex of the... Berklee College of Music, founded in 1945, is an independent music college in Boston, Massachusetts with many prominent faculty, staff, alumni, and visiting artists. ... Boston redirects here. ... Music theory is a field of study that investigates the nature or mechanics of music. ...


Closer and beyond

In 2001, after self-releasing her debut album, Closer, she founded Skyblaze Recordings with her brother Namane to oversee her musical career. In 2002, she released her first nationally distributed album, Even Closer, featuring the single "Closer," through Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings. "Closer" was also featured on the soundtrack to the 2003 movie Honey. In 2004, Columbia/SME Records picked up Skyblaze Recordings for worldwide distribution and rereleased the album with additional tracks. She co-wrote and co-produced the entire album, which is a mixture of neo-soul, trip-hop, lieder, and jazz. She also toured North America with the band Spearhead. ned more than 60,000 units and climbed into the Top 100, reaching #63 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.}} Also see: 2002 (number). ... Hieroglyphics Imperium Recordings is an Oakland, California-based, independent, alternative hip hop record label founded and owned by underground hip hop collective, the Hieroglyphics. ... For the 2004 independent film, see Honey (2004 movie). ... Sony Music Entertainment is a major global record label controlled by the Sony Corporation. ... Neo soul (also known as nu soul) is a music genre and an umbrella term for current soul music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Lied (plural Lieder) is a German word, literally meaning song; among English speakers, however, it is used primarily as a term for European classical music songs, also known as art songs. Typically, Lieder are arranged for a single singer and piano. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... North American redirects here. ... This page may meet Wikipedias criteria for speedy deletion. ...


Her second album (third including the re-release of Even Closer), Change it All, featuring the single "First Love," was released December 2005 and sold more than 13.000 copies in the first week. To date, it has sold more than 85.000 units. Goapele appeared on Soul Train to promote the album in May 2006; as it stands, she is the last artist to appear on the program, as immediately after the episode aired, Soul Train went into reruns. Soul Train is a long-running music-related syndicated television program. ...


Collaborations

Apart from her solo work, she has collaborated with West Coast MCs such as Aceyalone, E-40, and those involved in the Hieroglyphics Crew. Rap redirects here. ... Aceyalone (born Eddie Hayes) is an American rapper. ... For other uses, see E40. ... Hieroglyphs are a system of writing used by the Ancient Egyptians, using a combination of logographic, syllabic, and alphabetic elements. ...


Human rights work

On September 14, 2006, the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights honored Goapele with its first ever Human Rights Cultural Hero Award during the Center’s 10th Anniversary Celebration, titled “Tribute to a Dream.” The following statement was issued by the Center regarding the award: The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a non-profit strategy and action center based in Oakland, CA. The stated aim of the center is to work for justice, opportunity and peace in urban America. ...

We are proud to name internationally acclaimed, Oakland-based [singer-songwriter] Goapele the first recipient of this award. Her first three releases have garnered praise from the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Essence, and Vibe. But as successful as she is, Goapele remains deeply rooted in her home community and in the struggle for human rights. We first saw her sing at rallies and demonstrations when both she and Ella Baker Center were just starting out. Today, she is still here with us, side by side, looking forward to a better day for all of our people.

The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights is a non-profit strategy and action center. The stated aim of the center is to work for justice, opportunity, and peace in urban America.

Discography

Albums

  • Closer, 2001
  • Even Closer, 2002
  • Change it All, 2005

Singles

  • "Closer," 2002
  • "Got It" (Remix) (featuring E-40), 2003
  • "First Love," 2005
  • "Love Me Right," 2006

For other uses, see E40. ...

External links

  • Official site
  • ChangeItAll.org
  • Goapele at MySpace
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Goapele brings an infusion of fresh energy and a classic, yet new sound to R&B music with her sophomore set, Change It All.
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Goapele: No Labeling (2106 words)
Goapele: No. I was already doing something independent of Sony, but mainly because I am part owner of the label and this was a joint venture.
Goapele: Usually I write from a personal place, but there are times when I have to draw on a little bit of fantasy.
Goapele: I think it's mainly been from the song "Closer." It continues to amaze and encourage me. That's a song so personal to me at a time in my life, it has affected so many people.
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